Auto Injury in Yakima WA
Have you or someone you know been involved in a car accident? Deciding where to receive the most effective and appropriate care following a car accident can be difficult and confusing.
At Yakima Chiropractic Centre, we have been handling auto injuries since 1982 and will do our best to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is to get patients back to pre-injury status as effectively as possible.
Was my accident serious enough for medical treatment?
The types of injuries following car accidents varies greatly and depends on a number of things including; the speed of both cars involved in the collision, the size of the cars, condition of the road, the position of the headrests, bracing for impact etc. It is important to remember that the magnitude of the collision doesn’t always determine the severity of the ensuing injury. Even minor accidents have caused severe damage to the spine, nervous, and other bodily systems. One of the most common injuries involved with car accidents is whiplash; but cuts, concussions, muscular/ligament damage, broken bones, and internal injuries may also occur.
I felt alright right after the accident, but as time progresses I am having more pain.
People are often under the misconception that the injuries resulting from an automobile accident are always immediately noticeable or recognized following the incident. However, some injuries are unnoticed for days or weeks following the accident.
I was treated at the ER, but I think I need more care.
We see many patients that were treated at an emergency facility directly following their accident. Most of the time, these patients are examined, then prescribed pain medicine and discharged. But what if the pain persists? What if you want to know what is causing the pain and how to correct it? After your consult and exam at our office, we will let you know if your injury is something chiropractic can help, or if another provider is best suited for care.
When can I make an appointment? Do I need a referral?
Our office will do our very best to schedule a same day appointment. In most cases, you do not need a referral for chiropractic care.
Who will pay for treatment?
Many auto policies in Washington State have PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage. This coverage can cover most medical cost associated with your treatment. This includes complete chiropractic care as well as therapeutic massage at zero out-of-pocket expense to the patient.
If you did not carry PIP coverage on your auto policy, but you were not at fault for the accident, your medical expenses may also be covered by a 3rd party insurance claim.
Our staff at Yakima Chiropractic works with billing major auto companies and can assist in determining what benefits are available.
If you or someone you know has been in an accident, it is important that you call our staff at either the Yakima Chiropractic Centre or West Valley Chiropractic Centre and see how we can help.
Integrative Care for Auto Accidents?
The impact of an automobile accident often damages multiple tissues and structures associated with the spine. This ligamentous, muscular, and osseous damage often creates an uneven pull on the spine. If these are allowed to persist and fail to receive appropriate treatment, a cascade of neurological problems may occur over the many years following the injury. This uneven pull on the spine often limits the normal motion of the back, leading to early signs of degeneration and other disease processes. The trained doctors at Yakima and West Valley Chiropractic Centres are fully equipped to address all aspects of the body through a combination of physical therapy, soft tissue work, home exercise programs, and careful adjustments of the misaligned bones throughout the body. This multi-faceted approach has been shown to be one of the most effective forms of treatment to attend to all of the various injuries occurring after car accidents.
What will happen at my first appointment following a car accident?
- During consult, we will ask for an extensive medical history and documentation regarding the accident. Our doctors will concentrate on the effects of the accident on your body, so try to recall as much as possible.
- A thorough examination will be undertaken. Various orthopedic, neurological, and vital examinations will be done to determine the extent of the injuries. Our office is equipped with specialized instruments which may be able to detect underlying injuries that are often missed.
- An X-ray examination will be performed to view the bony structures of the body to evaluate for any possible damage.
- The doctors at Yakima and West Valley Chiropractic Centres will then spend a significant amount of time putting together all of the findings of the examinations. From this information, we will devise a specialized treatment plan that is specific to your injuries.
A final thought
Following any automobile accident, make sure you consult with a chiropractor at Yakima or West Valley Chiropractic Centres immediately following the accident. Our training will allow us to detect and help those injuries which are specific to car collisions. If you or someone you know has been in an accident contact our office to set up a consultation as soon as possible. Having an integrative team on your side can make all the difference in your final treatment outcomes.
Last Updated: November 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm
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