Friday, October 4, 2013

 Car Accident Injuries: Go to a doctor immediately   

The first thing you need to know is don’t assume you haven’t been injured after a car accident even if you initially feel fine. Some people have delayed symptoms that surface days, weeks or months later. Maybe you have mild pain that you think will eventually go away, but it doesn’t. Over time, the pain either doesn't go away or slowly gets worse. If this occurs, there is no doubt you've suffered a higher degree of soft tissue damage then expected. Headaches, neck and back pain, numbness or radiating arm or leg pain are often common complaints you should never ignore.  In the meantime, you have delayed going to the doctor and have no documentation that you’ve been injured. 

This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. By not going to an injury doctor for your pain within the first week or so you are saying to the insurance company that you have not been injured. The longer you wait after that, you are literally asking for trouble. Going to the emergency room is fine, but you must do a follow up with preferably a car accident injury  doctor. This is a doctor who has treated enough car accident injuries to understand insurance company standards. Going to your primary medical doctor is an excellent start for any needed medication and documentation. In the end, you need a doctor that specializes in injury rehabilitation and understands car accidents and the med-legal system. Chiropractic care and a chiropractic approach can often give you great benefits because hands on soft tissue healing is addressed. So getting to a doctor immediately and to an experienced accident injury doctor or specialist is imperative.

Several years ago I had a patient who waited 2 months before coming to see me after her auto accident. She was truly injured and had significant neck pain. I treated her for a couple of months and released her. Eventually I had to testify in court on her behalf because the insurance company was fighting her case. She lost her case in court because the jury couldn’t understand how she was injured if she waited two months. Do you blame them? So rule #1, go to the doctor and get examined immediately. Let a doctor who specializes in car accident injuries perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you’ve been injured, and don't assume you haven't been injured! Studies show that a disc injury can take up to 6 weeks to become fully symptomatic. A good starting point is your primary physician, but an experienced car accident injury chiropractor who specializes in the rehabilitation of injuries can play a vital role in the recovery of your injuries and pain.

Article written by Dr. Kit Langstroth D.C. 916-925-2007
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