Frequently Asked Questions About Whiplash
You do not need to be in a severe car accident to suffer a serious injury. Even minor fender benders can lead to years of neck pain, back pain, and other health problems. If you have recently been in a car accident, you may be wondering how chiropractic care can help your body safely heal and manage your pain. Below, our Medford chiropractor answers your top Medford whiplash FAQs.
#1: How Can Chiropractic Care Treat A Car Accident Injury Like Whiplash?
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury. It occurs when the force of a rear-impact auto accident whips the neck forwards and backwards. This abrupt movement can knock the cervical spine out of alignment, triggering neck pain, headaches and other recurring health problems. Chiropractic care treats auto injuries like whiplash by specifically targeting the underlying cause for your pain: the spinal misalignment. Hands-on chiropractic care helps to bring proper alignment back to the spine, alleviating nerve compression and relieving pain.
#2: What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
Even if you visit the emergency room or your personal physician, you may still benefit from a diagnostic appointment with our Medford chiropractor. The care you receive at a hospital or doctor’s office is designed to immediately ease pain or address serious injuries, like a broken bone. Our chiropractor is specially trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries, such as a whiplash injury. Chiropractic care is an important part of this treatment process because it helps to address and correct the underlying cause for your pain.
#3: My Car Accident Was Just A Fender Bender; Could I Still Have A Whiplash Injury?
You do not need to be in a serious car accident in order to sustain a whiplash injury. Studies show that rear-impact crashes at speeds as slow as 5mph can cause serious damage to the cervical spine, triggering recurring neck pain and other health problems. In addition to neck pain, whiplash injury symptoms include recurring headaches, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances and insomnia. You may also experience physical stiffness and soreness in your neck, as well as jaw pain and shoulder pain, depending on the extent of your injuries. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a diagnostic appointment with our Medford chiropractor.
#4: Will My Insurance Company Pay For My Chiropractic Care?
If you have sustained a whiplash injury that requires chiropractic care, you should be reimbursed by either your insurance company, or by the company of the party who was at fault for the accident. However, in order to be reimbursed for the care you receive due to a whiplash injury, it is critical that this injury be diagnosed prior to any settlements that you may make with your insurance company. This is why it is so important for you to receive a full diagnostic exam from our Medford chiropractor prior to settling with your insurance company. Otherwise, you may be denied reimbursement.