Where to go for treatment after an auto accident?
Immediately after an accident occurs the person involved may ask themselves “where should I go for treatment after an auto accident”? Auto accidents unfortunately occur on our streets and highways on a daily basis. And although we see them on our roads as we drive past them many people don’t understand how much of a hassle they can really be. Just the process of fixing your vehicle from the damage can takes weeks.
When high impact accidents occur, you not only lose your transportation vehicle but also suffer from some type significant injury, sometimes permanent. These injuries may range from whiplash, neck and back injuries, knee pain, shoulder soreness, or even headaches and migraines to list a few. Unlike the process of fixing your car within weeks, injuries may take months, years, or sometimes are even considered permanent. After an auto accident occurs it can leave many feeling lost on where to get treatment. Most injuries that take place after an accident need some form of follow-up care.
Most common places to get treated at after an auto accident.
- Urgent care facility
Local hospitals are common after an accident
After an accident, if EMS arrives at the scene they would more than likely offer transportation to a local Hospital. Aside from the evaluations performed at the hospitals, additional testing may be necessary. Treatment after an auto accident may require testing such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, blood tests, ultrasounds, and EKG’s to list a few. The benefits of treating at a hospital are the multiple physicians, specialists, and diagnostic tools that are available within one location. The downside is that there is almost guaranteed to be long waits when there. If at the time of the accident you determine that an immediate hospital visit is necessary you may prefer another alternative.
Urgent care facilities are another alternative after an auto accident
Another alternative for treatment after an auto accident is an urgent care facility. Urgent care clinics will probably has smaller wait times but may still be lengthy. The majority of urgent care clinics with have X-rays in house and are able to diagnose injuries from them. The medical doctors on staff may also prescribe a form of anti-inflammatory or other pain medication to help alleviate your pains. If your injuries are considered as mild to moderate they will give you proper home instructions along with your prescription and send you on your way. There isn’t usually a follow up appointment after going to an urgent care clinic unless they perform other tests. In certain circumstances they may schedule you for a follow-up to review your result. For patient’s that suffer from soft tissue injuries this is not a popular solution to help resolve their injuries.
Chiropractors are one of the best options to visit first after an auto accident
Another option for treatment after an auto accident is to a local chiropractor. A chiropractor is a primary care physician who’s main focus is that of the central nervous system and the spinal column. The cornerstone of chiropractic health treatment is spinal adjustments, often called the “adjustment”. The adjustment may involve a gentle pressure, or a quick thrust to restore normal motion to joints that have become restricted or “locked”. While manipulation may be performed by other physicians, Chiropractors have the most extensive experience and education in manipulation, performing 94% of the spinal manipulations in the United States. Most chiropractors work along side with physiotherapists and massage therapist so that they can treat a wide range of injuries.
Being evaluated at a chiropractors office is one of the best options since most patient’s end up going to them anyways after visiting a hospital or urgent care facility. Not only will you save time from waiting but you will also get some form of treatment for your injuries on your first visit. Most chiropractic offices can schedule you the same day for an appointment for an evaluation. And often time these visits can be half the waiting time than a hospital or urgent care facility. Chiropractors are often more experienced in treating auto accident injuries since they treat them regularly.
How a chiropractor can help you after an auto accident:
• Perform a thorough evaluation and X-rays.
• Prescribe diagnostic testing such as MRI’s and CT scans if necessary.
• Perform chiropractic adjustments to the spine to help remove nerve interference.
• May refer out to an orthopedic specialist, neurologist, or for pain management if necessary.
• Misaligned vertebrae in the spine not only produce symptoms of pain in the body but can also cause problems to organs and other systems.
• For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore and align the spine, not only reducing pressure on the sensitive neurological tissues but also improving the health of our patients.
Auto accident pain? Let us help you.
If you have any questions about your auto accident injuries you can contact us at 855-954-2273 or visit our informative website at chiropracticandrehabilitation.com. We also offer alternative approaches for diagnosis and treatment for accident injuries as they save on recovery time, expense and trauma to the body. Our goal is to help our patients achieve a sense of physical and emotional well being. Our goal at Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of Miami Lakes is to provide our patients with outstanding service and amazing experience.
We also provide transportation if needed to any of our chiropractic and rehabilitation offices. If you are interested in learning more of what a chiropractor can do for you call us today. We can set up a same day appointment for an evaluation with our chiropractors at 855-954-2273.