How Long Should I Continue With Treatment After a Car Accident?

Auto Injury Chiropractic TreatmentThe duration of your treatment after a car accident depends on your unique situation. Every case is different — the more specific information you have, the better you will be able to estimate your recovery timelines.

Please do not delay in contacting us if you need an initial outlook to plan traveling, negotiating with insurance, or for any other use that would demand similar levels of accuracy. We will provide a thoroughly informed prognosis.

Timelines for Specific Injuries

The duration of your treatment would be largely determined by the location of your injury or injuries — it is often possible to work on multiple injuries at a time, but this would depend on your case. Here are some of the most common sites affected by car crashes:

  • Lower back: Chiropractic care for back injuries might be indicated for up to six (6) months in some cases before exploring other therapeutic options. Most soft tissue injuries resolve in weeks with proper treatment.
  • Neck (whiplash): Whiplash pain usually goes away in weeks if the underlying symptoms are properly addressed. Some patients benefit from multiple months of treatment.
  • Limb joints: Injuries to limbs may require weeks to months of chiropractic care.

As you can see, there are wide ranges in recovery time, even within specific categories. Apart from the injury site, several other factors contribute to treatment times, such as:

  • Severity of the injury
  • Bodily systems the damage affects (muscle injuries often require less treatment than other types)
  • Various lifestyle, health, and treatment factors

Diagnostic Efficiency

An accurate, timely diagnosis often reduces total therapy time. It helps in the identification of underlying conditions causing pain, recommendation of effective treatments, and avoidance of unnecessary complications.

We would recommend anyone involved in a car accident seek prompt medical attention. As doctors, we always have more of an advantage when we can address problems early.

Consistent Monitoring

In general, we do not aim for recovery due dates at PhysMED. Instead, we would analyze your condition continuously during treatment and provide updated recommendations accordingly.

By reassessing patients, we keep treatment plans as appropriate and effective as possible. Our consistent track record of positive outcomes shows this to be the best strategy, which is a recovery-focused approach to treatment scheduling.

Health Levels

Your general wellness level will be a factor in your recovery time. We will advise how to maintain the best physical condition possible. For example, some patients might change their diets or adopt light cardiovascular routines to combat pain and augment energy levels.

Positive Action

In everything we do, we seek to address the underlying conditions and prioritize non-invasive procedures. Chiropractic care fits perfectly within this philosophy and is, additionally, often the fastest overall path to recovery.

It takes courage to face this kind of treatment — especially when you are in pain — but please know we are here to support you throughout the process. We will help you understand your condition, track your progress, and take control of your recovery. Please call us today to get started.

Whiplash and Medical Treatment – What you Need to Know

Chiropractic Care for WhiplashAfter an auto accident, you’ll need medical treatment — especially for joint and soft-tissue injuries to your neck. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to diagnose these types of injuries, manage your pain, and address the underlying problems causing your condition. That is an impressive range of treatment goals to advance through a single form of therapy.

Many patients find chiropractic care manageable and accessible. Please read on for a deeper explanation of some of the functions it serves to treat whiplash.

Treating Injuries

Chiropractic care seeks to treat the causes of your injuries. You might think this goes without saying. Unfortunately, many forms of treatment cannot claim the same.

It is true that some symptom treatments — such as prescription painkillers — may provide temporary relief. At best, these are addictive stopgap measures with dangerous side effects. At worst, the lack of pain as a natural warning sign could lead to complications and further injuries.

At PhysMED, we commit to practices that safely manage whiplash pain and promote true recovery. The adaptability of chiropractic care and its high positive outcome rate makes it a perfect fit for this philosophy.

Building Confidence

Part of your doctor’s role in treating your whiplash after an auto accident will be to help you get over your fear. Fear is a natural reaction to whiplash. Everyone worries that high levels of pain could indicate injuries are getting worse. Everyone worries that certain types of motion — especially those that generate discomfort — could be dangerous.

We help you conquer this fear and doubt so you can move forward with confidence. To make sure your treatment remains safe and positive, we also listen to how you feel every step of the way during your whiplash treatment.

Fostering Understanding

At PhysMED, we recognize it is difficult to recover when you lack a full picture of your medical condition. Our job is to help you understand the complex nature of your whiplash injuries.

In fact, chiropractic care is inherently educational. Nearly every patient learns something about subjects related to recovery; such as anatomy, biokinetics, and lifestyle health. We take the time to teach you not only what you need to do to recover, but also how and why these practices help over the long term.

Charting Progress

One of the things our doctor’s value most as at PhysMED is the opportunity to be a part of real, positive change in our patients’ lives. You will get to see the change as well. An integral part of our treatment is keeping track of and celebrating your progress.

At PhysMED, we consider each case individually and tailor whiplash treatment plans after your auto accident accordingly. Your exercises, stretches, and other therapeutic elements will be completely unique to the type and degree of your injury.

Please make an appointment today, and we will discuss how chiropractic care for whiplash and other options might aid in your recovery. Call us at (941) 921-4884 to get started.

Should You See a Chiropractor After an Auto Accident?

PhysiotherapistThe first thing you should do after an auto accident is to seek medical attention for yourself and any injured loved ones. Depending on your injuries, a chiropractor could be a good choice. For example, any type of pain or discomfort in your back, arms, shoulders, legs, or neck would be a definite indication you should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Should You See a Chiropractor for Minor Injuries?

An auto accident is not a minor event. Depending on the trauma you endured, any change in your condition— physical, emotional, or mental — could indicate severe underlying injuries.

We would suggest anyone involved in a crash come see us or another appropriate medical provider. That is the only reliable way to accurately determine how much attention an injury might require.

Which Injuries Can a Chiropractor Treat?

At PhysMED, our main focus is physiotherapy for injuries received from motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, while our colleagues in the field treat a variety of health issues, our specialization is in providing the most effective and up-to-date treatment for the following:

  • Joint, muscle, and ligament issues
  • Mobility loss and disability
  • Neck, shoulder, arm, and back pain
  • Loss of muscle strength

Our services might only be one element of your treatment after a severe auto accident. If it is necessary during the course of your therapy, we can provide you with references to specialists who can help you recover from the other aspects of your injury.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

One reason you should see a chiropractor as soon as possible after a car accident is simple: It takes time to heal. With the correct regimen of treatment and exercises, a relatively minor soft tissue injury might only take a little over a month to two to heal.

Is Chiropractic Covered by Insurance?

Everyone’s insurance treats physiotherapy differently, but all of the essential treatments are covered under the vast majority of standard health insurance plans. Furthermore, we act as medical providers in terms of qualifying you for coverage under Florida’s personal injury protection laws, if necessary. We will work with you to help you understand your insurance coverage and get the treatment you need.

In the Case of Severe Injuries

If you have severe trauma — broken bones, cuts, burns, head injuries or severe joint injures, such as dislocations, for example — please do not hesitate to visit the emergency room. PhysMED is equipped to handle a wide range of injuries, but we do not have emergency facilities at our centers. After these acute concerns are taken care of, we will help you recover in a safe, calm environment if further treatment is indicated.

You should seek prompt medical attention if there is any change in your condition after a car accident. The sooner you start treatment, the better your long-term outlook will be. Please contact us today to set up an appointment.