If you have been in an auto accident it is important to see a medical professional. Even if you feel that you are completely unharmed there can still be unfelt injuries that you may have sustained. It is possible that these injuries may not show immediate symptoms but they will become apparent months or even years after the accident. After an auto accident you should be checked out by a chiropractor because we are trained in and understand soft tissue and soft tissue injuries.
Symptoms and injuries that can present themselves after auto accidents include:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Muscle stiffness
- Lower back pain and/or stiffness
- Numbness and tingling
- Shoulder pain and pain between the shoulders
- Pain in the arms or legs
- Foot and hand pain
- Pain in the jaw or face
- Sleeping difficulties
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
Whiplash Injury Relief
Whiplash is the most common injury that is thought of regarding minor car accidents, or those that people walk away from any type accident, slip or fall under their own power. Whiplash occurs from a sudden jerking motion of the head, one which pushes it in one direction, straining the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the area. Whiplash injuries can surface immediately, or they can get worse with time. The best way to diagnose and treat whiplash injuries is immediately after they occur, before the injury has time to linger and grow, causing you many troubles down the road. If you have been in a recent car accident (or other sudden force accident) we recommend seeing a chiropractor immediately so as to get on top of any injuries, before they have time to get worse.
Chiropractic Care for Car Accidents
Besides whiplash, many other injuries can occur as a result of a car accident. The difference for many people though is that they can identify whiplash easily and can pinpoint the reason for their pain. Some of the other injuries may not be felt for quite some time, and by then, people often don’t associate them with the incident anymore.
Chiropractors are trained in and understand the relationship that the body’s parts have with each other. They understand that soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) can have a tremendous effect not just in the affected area, but in distant ones as well. And they are well aware of how when the spine and back are not in alignment, the rest of the body is not either. The spine and back are generally affected during auto accidents, and when a chiropractor works on these areas, they can limit, relieve, and often eliminate the pain that occurs.
Not only can adults benefit from chiropractic care following a car accident, but children can, as well. Anyone who was in the vehicle felt the impact in their body, and while adrenaline may be working to initially limit the pain, it can certainly surface later on.
Insurance Covered Chiropractic Care
These symptoms and injuries are not always readily apparent so you really should get yourself checked out. Minnesota is a No-Fault state which means that every auto insurance policy has Personal Injury Protection which allows you to get evaluated and treated if necessary and it won’t affect your cost for coverage, no matter who is at fault for an auto accident. It means that everyone has coverage to have their injuries treated by a medical professional of their choosing. If you are a passenger or someone who has no auto coverage of their own, you still have PIPI or Personal Injury Protection benefits in MN at your disposal. Insurance is going to cover you when you seek treatment after an auto accident and it’s YOUR health, so it makes sense to be thorough. If you have questions on this feel free to give us a call for general information or just call an attorney directly. Chiropractors are specialists in soft tissue diagnosis and treatment, and soft tissue injuries are very common in auto accidents. So if you have been in car accident and are experiencing any symptoms or conditions either differently or for the first time, do your body a favor and get checked out by a chiropractor. For treatment after an auto accident or any other time that you may require a chiropractor, give Nokomis Chiropractic a call at 612-822-0149.