Auto accident injuries are very common and can be very painful and debilitating. Sudden jolts and impacts like that can cause the spine to become seriously misaligned. Because of this, chiropractic takes a slightly slower approach of treatment. Most patients that have been involved in an auto accident are very sore right afterwards, so using a low impact adjustment technique allows some movement to happen without causing extra pain and discomfort. Accident patients may not see any results or feel much relief until 3-5 visits into treatment because of the low impact technique used. But once the joints start moving again, treatment can start building on itself. On average, the number of treatments for these injuries can be anywhere from 6-20 visits, depending on the severity.
An example of a treatment plan would be: 3 times a week for 3-4 weeks. 2 times a week for 2-3 weeks. 1 time a week for 1-2 weeks. At the end of the 4th week your condition with be re-evaluated. Once the initial pain is relieved, we will work to strengthen the area to ensure long term success. It is very important that you follow your treatment plan and doctor’s recommendations. Missing appointments and having gaps in treatment can cause a relapse. Remember healing takes time, but the sooner we get you out of pain the better.
If you have additional questions about auto accidents, like who pays for treatment, please contact the office and speak with Kristi. We can assist you in filing claims and obtaining an attorney.