Should i See my Primary Care Doctor after an auto accident?
Many people who have been injured in auto accidents go to the ER. The ER will may take X-rays, write some scripts and tell you to do a follow up with your primary care doctor. If you have broken bones or have suffered major injuries you may want to follow up with your primary care doctor or an ortho.
If you have suffered Soft tissue injuries, you may want to see a chiropractor. A chiropractor is trained to treat soft tissue injuries. A primary care doctor may give you some painkillers and muscle relaxers and send you home with a follow up two weeks later. You want to make sure you are free from pain and healthy following an auto accident. If you chose to do nothing about your auto injuries, it’s possible those injuries could be with you for quite some time.
Symptoms you may have
- Arm Pain
- Back Pain
- Contusions (bruising)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Leg Pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tingling sensation
Why you should seek Medical Treatment after an auto Accident
For one there is the legal issue, if you ever file a personal injury case with a lawyer. You may feel fine, you may feel like nothing is wrong and you can go about your day as if nothing happened, only to wake up the next morning feeling pain and discomfort. A automobile accident can be a traumatic experience, you may not realize it at the time. Your body immediately goes into defense mode and releases adrenaline into your bloodstream.
This could mask the pain for hours or even days after your auto accident. So you may feel fine one day, but the next day you feel pain. It’s possible that your injuries will not be present the day of the accident or even weeks following the auto accident. If you feel any discomfort or pain after an auto accident, see the doctor right away. Not only can you find out what is wrong with you, the doctor can start treating you right away and prevent further injuries or pain by early treatment and detection.
Its best to see your chiropractor immediately following your auto accident. Research shows that you can suffer injuries even if you have minor or no physical damage done to your car. A chiropractor can treat soft tissue injuries perhaps better than any other doctor. The majority of accident injuries suffered in minor auto accident are soft tissue injuries. A chiropractor can help you recovery quickly and safely after your auto accident.
Issues a chiropractor can address after an auto accident injury
- Reduction of pain-When a minor or major accident occurs it’s possible that your joints, muscle and tendons could become inflamed, if left untreated this could become scar tissue leading to future health issues. Whiplash is the most common of these injuries. A chiropractor can treat and resolve much of your pain with these types of conditions.
- Preventing Further Damage-Receiving chiropractic therapy can reduce further damage by strengthening and stabilizing your spine and neck. You could be very vulnerable to another injury at work or around your home because of your muscle weakness in your neck and back.
- Restoring Mobility-It’s very common to be sore after an auto accident. You may not be able to move as well as you did before the auto accident. A chiropractor can help you restore mobility to your body and get you active again after your car wreck.
The legal side to not seeing a doctor after a car wreck
Here is the downside to not seeing a doctor after an auto accident. If you never see a doctor after a car accident, do you think the insurance company is going to believe that you were hurt in that accident? If you are hurt, and you wait to seek medical care, how do you think that looks to the insurance company? Waiting to seek medical care from a doctor or a chiropractor after you have been injured in a car accident can have devastating effects on a personal injury case.
One thing the insurance company will look at is how quickly did you receive or seek medical attention after your car accident, a day, a week, a month? Minor accident can cause underlying injuries that may not be detected right away. If you have suffered a minor or major accident and feel discomfort or pain, see a chiropractor or a doctor right away. This is only to protect yourself, but also to find out what is wrong with your body and what injuries you may have. The quicker you go see the doctor, the quicker you can recover from your injuries.