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Take Care of Yourself After Getting in a Car Accident

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Take Care of Yourself After Getting in a Car Accident

Car Accident

It only takes a moment of carelessness to get in a car accident. At the very least, this is a stressful situation that you must work through with the help of a mechanic and your auto insurance company. Then, if you suffer a spinal injury in the crash, it could change your life forever.

In addition to sorting out insurance matters and getting your car repaired, it’s vital to take care of your health following an accident. Waiting weeks or months to have your spine examined could leave you with chronic pain for the rest of your life. Nip the problem in the bud by visiting Colorado Regenerative Health as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Car Accident Injuries

In serious accidents, an ambulance may arrive to transport injured drivers and passengers to the hospital. However, after a minor accident, you may not show symptoms of injury right away. The adrenaline and morphine-like endorphins that your body produces after a traumatic event can mask your symptoms in the immediate aftermath of a car crash. Also, just as a bruise takes time to appear after whacking your knee, the symptoms of a car accident injury may be delayed as well.

Be on the lookout for symptoms to appear in the hours, days, and even weeks after the accident. Here’s what you might experience:

  • Signs of whiplash, including pain or stiffness in the neck and upper back, dizziness, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, or visual disturbances
  • Symptoms of blunt force trauma, including bruising, swelling, and numbness of the injured area
  • Signs of a concussion, including headache, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, and slow reaction time

Receiving the Proper Medical Care after a Car Accident

Because car crash injuries can be slow to reveal themselves, we recommend seeking medical care after any collision, no matter how minor. Whiplash can occur even at relatively slow speeds that don’t set off the airbags. More serious ailments, such as compressed discs and bone spurs, can also occur after forceful impacts.

If you receive an initial exam from emergency responders at the accident site, you may avoid a trip to the hospital if you don’t have a concussion, broken bones, or internal bleeding. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek medical care at all. A full assessment within 24 to 48 hours is the best way to find (or rule out) injuries such as whiplash, spinal trauma, an overextended neck, and other issues that can lead to permanent physical damage.

A car accident assessment at Colorado Regenerative Health includes the following:

  • Basic physical exam to document bruise locations and check for signs of internal injury
  • X-rays to check for bone fractures or breaks
  • Measurement of vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulse rate, body temperature, and respiration rate
  • Manual testing of the spine to check for any soreness and limited range of motion

Speed Up Your Recovery

Once your car accident assessment is complete, our medical experts will either give you a clean bill of health or suggest specific treatments based on any symptoms you’re exhibiting. These treatments may include at-home heat and ice therapy, or spinal adjustments and massage here at Colorado Regenerative Health.

Even if you’re not severely injured, and you think your sore neck will heal on its own, it makes sense to seek help from a chiropractor. Gentle spinal manipulation from a trained professional ensures your spine heals correctly and won’t cause more pain in the future. Plus, your car insurance should cover the cost of treatment—just check with your insurance agent to be sure.

How Receiving Medical Care Can Help You File a Car Accident Injury Claim

Taking your health seriously after a car accident is vital for making sure you find and treat any injuries you sustained in a timely manner. Then, the records of your visit to Colorado Regenerative Health can help you prove the nature and extent of your injuries if you choose to file an auto accident injury claim.

While coverage may vary, your insurance should pay for all your medical expenses up to a certain monetary limit. If the driver of the other vehicle is found to be at fault for the crash, then his or her insurance company may be liable to cover the cost.

However, this is only the case if you can prove that you took your injury seriously and had a medical evaluation shortly after the accident. You may also need to show that you followed your doctor’s recommended treatment without delay. Insurance companies are reluctant to cover anything they think they’re not responsible for, so your injury claim could be denied if you wait too long to receive care.

Colorado Regenerative Health is ready to help you recover from your recent car accident! To schedule a consultation, please contact our office in Castle Rock at (303) 872-7161.

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