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How Long Should I Go to a Chiropractor After an Accident in California

If you were involved in an auto wreck and suffered injuries, chiropractic treatment can help alleviate pain and inflammation and can even help you recover faster. These effective, gentle, safe, and natural treatments focus on helping the body to heal itself. A chiropractor identifies the cause of a patient’s pain, they do not prescribe pain medication that temporarily masks it.

But if you’ve seen an accident injury chiropractor already, or you’re considering seeing one for the first time, you may be wondering how long chiropractic care will take and when you can safely stop going in for treatment. This article will go over just that, to help you determine whether chiropractic care is right for you and whether ongoing treatment is essential to help you fully recover.

How a Chiropractor Can Help After an Auto Accident

Chiropractic treatment for auto accident injuries can help you recover faster, thanks to the holistic treatments that focus on helping the body heal itself. While many people mistakenly believe that chiropractors only treat back pain, in reality, they can treat a wide range of injuries and chronic pain conditions.

A chiropractor will examine a patient and look for any misalignments in the spine. Spinal adjustments to the lumbar or cervical spine are used to correct misalignments, provide pain relief, improve communication from the brain to the central nervous system, and reduce inflammation. A chiropractor can also identify any misaligned joints in the extremities, provide a wide range of chiropractic adjustments, and utilize stretches and massage techniques to treat other types of injuries.

Chiropractors provide treatment for the following common injuries:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist, knee, and ankle pain
  • Strains and sprains
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Leg pain

Meeting With a Chiropractor

When you meet with a chiropractor for the first time, the appointment will begin with paperwork that will ask for your medical history, the current level of pain, symptoms, and past and current treatments for these auto accident injuries. Next is a physical exam.
After the exam, a chiropractor will create a custom treatment plan that will detail which treatments you’ll benefit from, including spinal manipulation, massage therapy, exercises, stretches, soft tissue therapy, cold therapy, and hot therapy. It will also include treatment frequency.

Depending on the type of injury you suffered and how severe your condition is, you may need to see your chiropractor several times a week or month.
How long you need to see your chiropractor depends on your progress and the type and severity of your injuries.

In some cases, you may only need treatment for a few weeks or months, but in others, you may benefit from regular, ongoing treatment.

Preventative Care

After an auto accident, your body needs time to heal. Chiropractic treatment can help your body recover during this time, and can even help prevent injuries in the future, with preventative care. Many people will continue to see a chiropractor after an accident for maintenance adjustments. A misaligned spine can cause many issues, affecting your sleep, focus, energy, mobility, range of motion, and more.

If you don’t want to continue with chiropractic care after your injuries are healed, you can speak with your chiropractor for advice regarding lifestyle changes, and stretches and exercises that can strengthen the body and help you achieve optimal health.

Healing Injuries Using Non-Invasive Solutions

Your chiropractor will keep you updated on the progress of your recovery and may make changes to the frequency of injury treatment as you continue to improve. They will also discuss when they believe it’ll be safe for you to discontinue treatment.

For mild auto crash injuries, you can anticipate treatment for three to six weeks. For moderate injuries, treatment can take several weeks or months. If you sustained a permanent disability as a result of your accident, you may need ongoing chiropractic care for the foreseeable future.

Even common auto accident injuries such as whiplash, take time to heal. This is especially true if you put off seeking treatment from a medical professional right away after the accident or do not make it to every chiropractic appointment. With consistent care, you can expect a faster recovery. A chiropractor will work with you to create a custom care plan that reflects your health and wellness goals and will ensure you receive treatment that can help you on your path to wellness.

Save Your Chiropractic Treatment Documentation

If you’re filing a claim for compensation, your personal injury attorney will request that you save all medical treatment documentation. They will also want to speak with your chiropractor and discuss your prognosis, and the severity of your injuries, and ask for a written statement. This documentation will be used to help strengthen your claim for damages.

When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?

You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an auto accident. Not only can an attorney handle every aspect of your claim as you seek medical treatment for your injuries, but they can also build a strong case that will hold the at-fault party liable for your damages, including past and future medical bills. An attorney will use the documentation from your chiropractic appointments to help prove the severity of your injuries and your claim for damages.

Schedule a Case Strategy Session With a Personal Injury Attorney at Lem Garcia Law

If you were injured in an auto accident, contact Lem Garcia Law today to schedule a free, no-obligation case strategy session with an experienced, knowledgeable personal injury attorney. During your meeting, you can go over the facts of your case, and the current medical treatment you’re receiving, and ask important questions that can help you determine how you want to proceed with your case. If you decide to hire us, as you continue to receive the medical attention you need to heal, we will focus on building a case that will hold the negligent party accountable, so you can receive the settlement you deserve for your injuries and other losses.