Should I see a chiropractor after my car accident?


It is very important for car accident victims to seek out treatment at an emergency room, urgent care facility, or primary care physician, if at all possible. There is no substitute for treatment by a medical doctor, who can assess, diagnose, and treat all injuries. In order to strengthen your claim, report all of your symptoms to a medical doctor so that there is a clear record of injury.

Often, where there is only soft tissue injury, as opposed to broken bones or open wounds, the emergency room and primary care doctor will then refer the car wreck victim to chiropractors for further treatment.

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional that treats injuries of the muscloskeletal system, particularly the spine. Most often, this means that chiropractors treat soft tissue injuries where the symptoms are pain in the neck, back, core, and in the extremities.

While Doctors of Chiropractic medicine are unable to prescribe narcotics or other pain medications, they do take and evaluate x-rays in order to diagnose and treat injuries. Chiropractors use several methods to treat patients, including adjustments, manipulation, electric stimulation, hot and cold treatment, massage, and traction.

In the past, chiropractic medicine was viewed negatively. Now, it is a generally accepted means of medical treatment. According to recent studies, nearly ten percent of the US population has received chiropractic treatment. However, many insurance adjusters remain skeptical of the process and will generally try and undervalue these claims.

There may be other options available for soft tissue injuries other than chiropractic care. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car or truck accident, and you do not know whether chiropractic treatment is right for you, please do not hesitate, call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers today.