The National Safety Council estimates that in 2015, 4.4 million people were injured on U.S. roads. This is a significant increase from prior years. In fact, “serious injuries,” which according to the NSC is defined as requiring medical attention, rose 30% from the same time period in 2014, and there was a 24% increase in the costs associated with these crashes. Costs can be anything from property damage, lost wages, and medical expenses. Many times the medical expenses can be significantly reduced if the right path is taken following a car accident, no matter how minor it is. To make things easier, we’ve created a “chiropractic car accident protocol” if you or someone you love experiences a car accident.
CAR ACCIDENT PROTOCOL
1. Seek the care of a licensed chiropractor 24-48 hours after your car accident.
2. If you do not have one, ask for a referral from a friend or Google “chiropractor” and look for one that has great reviews plus offers a special for new patients.
3. You may not experience symptoms up to two weeks after the accident, even if there was no damage done to your car. Your body absorbed the energy from the impact of that collision.
4. Remember, all passengers should be seen by a chiropractor. Even infants in car seats.
If you have a car accident and do not seek treatment you run the risk of developing degenerative disc disease, arthritis, or disc herniation later in life. The other thing you risk is your sanity. It can take sometimes two weeks for symptoms to manifest themselves. By that time something else may have happened in your life that you think is the cause of your symptoms, opening the door for a misdiagnosis, needless visits to specialists, increasing medical costs, pain, and frustration. We hear it all too often. Patients will say “Had I only known I would have seen a chiropractor first.”
Remember that your body will absorb the energy from the impact of any car accident. Much like a lightening rod, your spine will bear the brunt of the collision. And that spine has vertebrae that are connected to every part of your body. While you might feel pain in your shoulder, hip, or even bladder, the source needs to be found. Seeing a chiropractor first after a car accident saves you money, worry, potential pain and suffering, not to mention needless frustration. It will be worth it!