Even with the most seemingly-insignificant of auto accidents, your concerns shouldn’t end with a quick interview with police before leaving the scene. While your vehicle may not show any signs of damage with collisions under 10mph, it’s very possible to sustain injuries to your body even at these low speeds. In fact, over half of all whiplash injuries actually occur when there is no car damage. That’s why most healthcare professionals recommend that a visit to your chiropractor should be a priority following an auto collision, regardless of the severity of the accident.
Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, it’s important to have your spine examined promptly by a chiropractor specializing in auto injuries to rule out trauma following a collision. Additionally, if you don’t see a healthcare provider immediately after an auto accident, your auto insurance company may deny your claim if symptoms show up later (as they often do with whiplash injuries).
What To Expect During Your First Visit
At your first appointment at Ascent Chiropractic following an auto accident, we’ll ask you exactly what happened during the collision. We’ll need to know at what speed your vehicle was hit and from what direction, as the motion of your body following the impact is important for making a diagnosis. We’ll ask you to describe the type, location and severity of your symptoms, and if there are any particular movements or activities that exacerbate the pain.
It is usually not necessary to see an emergency room physician before seeking treatment at Ascent Chiropractic. We will carefully evaluate the extent of your injuries in order to make sure that there isn’t a need for care outside of what we can provide. If we determine that you need additional help, we’ll refer you to the appropriate medical provider. If need be, we’ll refer you for x-rays or MRI imaging studies to rule out fractures or other conditions that may require more advanced treatment. If x-rays or MRIs are ordered, we’ll show and explain the results of the studies to you before any treatment is provided.
Following a complete chiropractic exam and evaluation, we will usually recommend a course of treatment. Every patient case is unique, and each patient’s specific history and needs need to be taken into account in order to recommend the best course of treatment. It often takes regular treatments over several weeks to ensure your body is able to readjust correctly back to its normal state. We may also suggest specific stretches and strengthening exercises and that you refrain from particular movements or activities to help expedite the healing process.
How Long Will It Take To Feel Better?
The length of time it takes to feel improvement usually depends on the extent of your injuries as well as as several other factors. Most auto accident patients experience relief of their pain within the first 1-3 treatments. However, depending on the type of injury, it’s likely that your condition will not be fully healed even if your symptoms have improved.
This is especially true in the case of whiplash injuries. “Whiplash” is actually a laymen’s term for “cervical sprain”, which means that ligaments are torn and injured. Because ligaments inherently possess a poor blood supply, they require anywhere from 16-24 weeks to heal to their pre-accident state in most cases. As your body heals, however, you will progressively feel better, usually beginning within the first few treatments.
The Ascent Chiropractic Advantage
The bottom line is this: It’s essential to be examined as soon as possible by your Milwaukee auto accident chiropractor after an incident. Even if you feel the collision was minor or insignificant don’t hesitate to make an appointment. When it comes to the health of your spine, nothing is trivial. If you have sustained injuries from a car accident, it is very likely that your care will be covered 100% by your auto insurance carrier.
At Ascent Chiropractic, we utilize a low-force, non-invasive, conservative approach to treatment of whiplash and other auto accident injuries for our patients in Brookfield, Wauwatosa, Waukehsa, New Berlin & surrounding areas. To make an appointment at Ascent Chiropractic, call 262-345-4166 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduling app.