We’ve been thinking a lot about car accidents and their resulting injuries. Many patients who have been recently injured in an car or pedestrian accident may be wondering what treatment will look like for them exactly. Of course each patient will be treated on a personal, one-on-one basis, however there are some generals that you can assume:
- Chiropractic care is ongoing: It would be nice if you could treat a spinal or neck injury in just one ‘pop’ (pun intended), but that’s just not the case. Borrowing from the ACA, we get the following description of why chiropractic treatment is ongoing: The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
- Chiropractic care doesn’t have to hurt: we know it may sound crazy, but your chiropractic treatment is really going to make you feel better, even if right now the idea of turning your head more than 10 degrees makes you cringe (which additionally may seem like it would hurt). It may feel a little strange to have your neck and spine adjusted, but trust us, you’ll start feeling better and soon once you start your treatment plan.
- Scheduling appointments doesn’t have to be tricky or take a lot of time: We know that if you’ve been injured in an auto injury that time is of the essence. We work diligently to be available around your crazy schedule, including evening and weekend appointments. So no matter when your auto accident took place, you really should give us a call to talk to Dr. Eric Cheney about your options.