Even minor accidents can set off a chain of events that can have serious life changing consequences. Fortunately, chances are that your auto medical payments coverage will pay 100% of treatment costs – with no co-pays or deductibles.
Recently I had a patient who was hit from behind in an accident. The car that hit her wasn’t going very fast and she assumed any injuries were minor. She knew the protocol we suggested: She filed a report, went to the hospital, ruled out acure serious injury. Then she called our office to make an appointment with us.
The first treatment revealed some soreness and pain but nothing too serious at that time. We recommend callings within 12-36 hours to prevent pain and spasms from setting up and recruiting other muscles into the traumatized area. This is key to a successful outcome.
She was inclined not come to the second treatment and was considering settling. I cautioned her to wait a few days to make any decisions and come to the second appointment. This turned out to be very good advice; on the day of the second visit she was in widespread pain ranging in the 8 out of 10 pain scale.
We treated her a total of six times, taught her how to self-treat her pain and helped her get her healthy, pain free life back.
Be cautious always allow enough time to properly assess any trauma from an auto accident. The consequences of a seemingly mild whiplash can persist for years if not properly treated!
Things to do immediately after a car accident:
- File a police report. This may be essential when treatment is required later.
- If in doubt, seek medical attention to rule out a more serious injury.
- Call West Suburban Pain Relief for an appointment. We are trained specifically to handle these cases.