Why Contact an Elgin Accident Chiropractor Immediately After an Accident?
Our Elgin car accident doctors are trained in detecting injuries that are a result of motor vehicle accidents, whether they are severe or mild. It is very important that you have physician examine you immediately after an accident to determine if your injuries are serious and give you the treatment necessary for the proper correction of your symptoms. Many times patients are unaware of the severity of their injuries in the first few days or even weeks after the accident. Unfortunately insurance companies are notorious for denying car accident claims if the victim did not contact a chiropractor that specializes in car accident treatment within the first 2 weeks following the accident.
What if I Don’t Have any Pain After the Accident?
Even if you do not experience any immediate pain after the car accident, it is important to have an examination performed by a doctor that specializes in whiplash that results from a car accident. A whiplash is a very serious injury that may not have immediate symptoms. It sometimes occurs with a very small impact. When the body is suddenly forced in a sudden flexion and extension state such as it happens during an impact from the rear, the muscles of the neck and back can experience tiny tears in them. These small tears may or may not cause symptoms of neck or back pain immediately. Unfortunately the symptoms may not appear for months or even years and the patient may not even relate their symptoms to the past accident. If left untreated, these micro tears can cause scar tissue in the injured muscles as well as cause degeneration and arthritis in the joints that they control, over time. Our Elgin accident chiropractors will check your spinal vertebrae for misalignments, the range of motion of your neck, back, shoulders and other affected areas to determine if an injury occurred. Don’t take a chance with your health. Call our Elgin chiropractors even if you do not have any immediate back or neck pain.
The ER of my family doctor gave Me Medication? Isn’t That Enough?
Sometimes the medications can relieve the some of the symptoms of car accident injuries, which can be very helpful for temporary relief. Our accident chiropractors will help correct the underlying structural damage such as a misaligned vertebrae and injured muscles using conservative methods. The underlying structural damage, if left uncorrected, can have long lasting effects that may not be prevented by taking the medications alone.
Do Elgin Chiropractors Accept Lawyer Liens?
Yes, our doctors usually agree to accept accident cases on a lien which means that there is no out of pocket cost to you. Of course, that can be determined for each individual case at the time of the first visit.
Do I Need an Attorney to get Treatment?
No, not necessarily. Our Elgin car accident chiropractors can offer you the treatment necessary in different scenarios. Sometimes, patients have their own Medical Coverage under their auto insurance. This insurance is called Med Pay and it covers you whether the accident was your fault or not. There is also the possibility your Elgin chiropractor will accept a third party lien, meaning he will get reimbursed by the car insurance of the party at fault. Our office manager will collect all the information necessary to determine if your treatment will be covered and give you a specific answer after reviewing all the accident information. It is probably more important that you visit your Elgin chiropractor first to determine if you have any injuries related to the car accident and at that time make a decision if you will need to hire an attorney or not.
What Kind of Symptoms are Common After a Car Accident?
Most common injuries that occur during a car accident are related to soft tissue damage. These consist of injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles. Unfortunately these injuries are not shown on X-rays. That is why it is very important to have your Elgin accident chiropractor document them as soon as possible. These type of injuries can cause symptoms such as neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, middle back pain, lower back pain, knee pain, hip pain and tightness and stiffness in all these areas. Also soft tissue damage can cause a limitation of mobility or range of motion in the above areas, either due to pain or swelling.
Other symptoms of car accidents can be dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, numbness and tingling to the arms or legs. Of course in severe cases, fractures of bones, severe lacerations and bruising can occur.
How Long Does a Car Accident Treatment Take?
Each case is very different. Our Elgin car accident chiropractors will determine the length of your treatment depending on the injuries you incurred as a result of your accident. Most of the time, your chiropractor will suggest a more frequent schedule in the first four to six weeks following the car accident and tapering it off as your accident symptoms improve.
What if I Need to Take Time Off Work After the Accident?
Our Elgin car accident chiropractors can recommend time off work after performing the initial accident examination. Factors such as work duties and severity of injuries will determine the amount of time that your doctor can recommend for time off from work. Your doctor may also recommend that you will avoid physical activities such as walking, running and exercising following an accident.