Accidents happen all the time, however, it is important to know when they are the result of our own negligence or if they happen because of someone else’s negligence. When the latter is the case, you should always stick up for yourself and work with an attorney to go through the legal process of filing a personal injury claim so you are not stuck with the medical bills. After you are in a personal injury accident, though, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention so that you can have your injuries documented and you can start on your treatment plan as soon as possible. For many injuries, one of the best medical professionals you can see is a chiropractor. They can determine how you sustained the injuries, devise a treatment plan, and give you the medical documentation necessary for your legal claim.
How can a chiropractor help after a personal injury accident?
There are many ways your chiropractor can help you, and if you are not in an emergency situation that calls for immediate surgery, a chiropractor may be your best option for dealing with the long-term ramifications of your injury. For example, if you were at a place of business and tripped and fell on the property because there was uneven flooring and there were no warning signs, you may be dealing with any number of injuries including:
- Joint Damage
- Pinched Nerves
- Soft Tissue Injuries, and
- Muscle Damage
These are areas where a chiropractor excels, and they can x-ray the areas you are experiencing pain to determine the extent of the damage. Even if you do not directly fall on your back, the force of falling on one area of your body can cause residual impact to damage your spine and neck. When this is the case, your spine may not heal correctly and you could end up dealing with chronic pain.
When you see a chiropractor, they can identify subtle misalignments in your body and devise natural treatment options—like spinal manipulation—to begin restoring your alignment. When this happens, you will not only feel relief in your back, but throughout other areas of your body including your neck, shoulders, and even pelvis.
I am working with an attorney to submit a personal injury claim. Can my chiropractor help?
Absolutely. When you visit your chiropractor after a personal injury, discuss the legal aspects of your injuries and that you intend to pursue compensation for any damages. Your chiropractor can work with you and your attorney to discuss the medical procedures they plan to utilize during your treatment and even speak with insurance on your behalf. It is important to make sure your chiropractor and your attorney are always on the same page so that you can work toward receiving the max amount of compensation for your injuries.