We understand: Some people just don’t like going to the doctor. However, you should see a chiropractor immediately after any type of car accident. Please make an appointment as soon as possible. Ideally, we would like to see you within a day or two of your collision. This helps us get a head start on any pain that might develop.
Our first steps are simple: analyze your condition, listen to what happened, and make suggestions to reduce your risk of developing symptoms. Here are some more reasons you should make that appointment right now — even if you’re not in pain.
1. It Puts Your Mind at Ease
At PhysMED, we provide a caring, no-pressure environment as part of promoting overall, long-term health. We provide face-to-face time with healthcare professionals that you need to understand your condition. If necessary, our customized treatment plans will be clear and easy to follow — and you can usually start right away.
2. It Gives You a Health Baseline
One of our most important jobs is understanding your initial health levels right after your car accident. We assess your pain levels, your emotional state, and other important health metrics.
If your condition changes, we can use this data to track the progress of your injuries. If not, we can use it as an important entry in your general medical history.
3. Injuries Do Not Always Show Immediate Symptoms
Some injuries from car accidents do not show symptoms right away. Some injuries start out as a minor change and get progressively worse over an extended period. The sooner you start chiropractic treatment, the better your end result is likely to be.
It’s also extremely important to narrow down the possible injuries before selecting your treatment. Before you ice, heat, immobilize, stretch or otherwise attempt to relieve or prevent discomfort, please see a chiropractor.
4. It Helps With Florida PIP Claims
Florida requires its drivers to carry no-fault insurance. You have 14 days to seek medical attention if you want to claim benefits under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. Chiropractors count as approved medical providers for this program.
5. It Can’t Hurt
Chiropractic medicine is based on treating the whole body. We focus on removing or treating the underlying causes of symptoms, rather than just relieving the symptoms themselves.
Chiropractors start with analysis and observation. This process is drug-free and non-invasive. We will listen to you, observe your range of motion and review the statements you make about your pain levels. From there, we will develop a plan to establish long-term, sustainable practices that promote your wellbeing.
Seeing a chiropractor is an important first step after a car accident. Even if there’s no pain, please schedule an appointment today.