If you are experiencing neck pain caused by whiplash, its a good idea to visit a Doctor of Chiropractic who is trained in treating motor vehicle trauma. You must be aware that there are hidden injuries when it comes to whiplash and Chiropractors really do know the spine.
What is Whiplash?
As stated by MyBestHealthCarePlan, Whiplash is defined as an injury to the soft tissues of the cervical spine. This includes the muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, nerve tissue and even your blood vessels. The reason whiplash injuries seem hidden is because a whiplash in a car accident of just 4 MPH occurs in Nano seconds. It happens so quickly your brain doesnt even have time to assess the trauma that just took place. This rapid forward and backward motion of the neck caused by a car accident can cause short-term (Acute) neck pain with restriction of your range of motion of your neck.
Can a Chiropractor Diagnose a Whiplash Injury?
Yes, the Chiropractic Physician is well versed in examination of your spine. Usually the chiropractor will evaluate your Thoracic and Lumbar spine as well if you have been in a car crash. Chiropractors are trained to treat and manage the spine. So, dont be surprised if he or she examines the rest of your spine after a car accident or sports related whiplash. This is a good idea as other areas of your spine may have been affected without you knowing it.
You must be aware that each individual case of whiplash is different, and therefore your chiropractic whiplash treatment and management maybe completely different, even if another passenger in the same accident sees the same chiropractor. There is just an endless number of factors that come into play with every car crash. Therefore, each specific chiropractic management protocol is uniquely designed to each whiplash injury and is focused on the primary dysfunctions spotted during the chiropractic examination. Treating whiplash with your chiropractor is very safe and a competent chiropractor will send you to an interventional pain management specialist if you are not responding to conservative treatments. If this happens dont be alarmed as the Chiropractic is doing exactly what he or she should do and now you will have both a medical doctor and a chiropractor that are consulting and managing your whiplash related injuries.
Who else wants to know how to cure whiplash very fast!!!
First and foremost, please realize that many people suffer permanent damage from whiplash so there is a possibility for anyone who is involved in a car collision to have permanent spinal injury. But the fastest way to treat whiplash is to be seeing both a chiropractor and a pain doctor who practices interventional pain management at the same time in concert. Think of it this way the pain doctor is controlling the burning pain of inflammation and the chiropractic physician is correcting the underlying spinal dysfunction. That is the fastest way to cure whiplash with the caveat that you did not suffer permanent injury.
How long should I go to chiropractor after accident?
When you seek Chiropractic following a car collision you will be expected to go through three phases of care which is pain relief care whereas the main goal is to get in control of your pain and symptoms. The second phase is the corrective phases where the primary goal is to correct as much alignment of your spinal vertebrae as possible and once this has been accomplished the final phase is the strengthening phase. In this phase you will be doing rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the muscles around your spine and injured joints. A typical chiropractic protocol would be daily for 1 week, then 3 times per week for 4 weeks. If you continually show improvement you would then be decreased to 2 times per week for 4 or 5 weeks and in the last phase 1 time per week for 3 to 4 weeks. This then would be a total of 25 to 35 visits in all. Of course, this will vary for each and every case as we stated earlier in this article.
Who pays for my chiropractic, medical and PT bills?
This varies depending on what state you reside in. In Arizona the at fault driver is considered the party that must pay for injuries they caused.
So how much does chiropractic care cost following a car accident?
Typically, you will visit a chiropractor 25 to 35 times following a car accident if you are truly injured, and this would equate to $3500.00 to $5500.00 in costs. These costs are covered by the opposing party or the at fault partys auto insurance in your car crash.
How much will my car accident settlement be and what is the payout after chiropractic.
Seeking chiropractic care following a car accident is really quite common and just because you had chiropractic treatment doesnt mean that you will get a higher settlement after chiropractic treatment. The amount of injury and what your personal damage happens to be. The more you are injured or the more permanent an injury is determines how much a settlement would bring.
According to Attorney Pages the following suggested guidelines are for average car accident settlement estimates:
For relatively minor injuries with no ongoing complications, such as soft tissue or whiplash, the average settlement will tend to be between 10,000 and 25,000 dollars.
For extensive injuries that require surgery, ongoing chiropractic, settlements can run between fifty thousand to seventy-five thousand dollars.
Spinal injuries without paralysis can somewhere between $75,000 to $100,000.
Injuries that are proven to cause paralysis will typically settle in the high 6 figure range and sometimes in the millions.
Brain injury resulting in intellectual impairment, loss of brain function, and/or requires neurosurgery more often than not settle in the $100,000 to $250,000 range.
A catastrophic brain injury that requires physical assistance with daily life will settle in the high six-figures and even 7 figure settlements can happen.
My attorney sent me to a Chiropractor.
Whether your attorney sent you to a chiropractor or you decided to just go to a chiropractor has little or no bearing on your case settlement. We always suggest you have an attorney to protect your rights and the best attorneys realize they cant settle your case unless they know how much injury you suffered and if you have permanency. Typically, a settlement is only offered after your chiropractic and medical doctors have released you from care. Permanent injuries will bring a higher amount of compensation that you receive. Working with an attorney usually allows you the maximum amount allowed by law. However, you must realize in Arizona your case can only settle as per the amount of policy limits the at fault driver has. You cant get a 100,000.00 case settlement from someone who has a 15K policy limit. Whenever I am asked about car insurance, which happens more often than you would think, I always suggest discussing uninsured and underinsured on your personal auto insurance policy. This type of insurance is not that expensive and can be one of the best ways to cover yourself in case of a car wreck.