At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we specialize in chiropractic care after car accidents. Your Long Island Chiropractor, Dr. Goldman has 25 years of extensive experience in treating car accident injuries.
You don’t necessarily need to be in a serious crash to have car accident injuries. In fact, some of the most common car accident injuries can result from minor fender benders. It’s always best to visit the hospital first. After you’ve been released from the hospital, you should also follow up with a full evaluation from a car accident chiropractor like Dr. Goldman.
What You Should Do Following a Car Accident Injury
- Visit a Hospital First
- Notify Your Insurance Company of The Accident
- See a Car Accident Chiropractor and Get Treatment
As mentioned above, the first thing you should do following a car accident, no matter how minor, is to get a comprehensive evaluation at a nearby hospital. This is essential to determine if you’ve sustained any major injuries that might require surgery or other serious treatments. Some car accident injuries are not readily noticeable, including certain types of bone fractures. Dr. Goldman will always advise patients during an appointment for chiropractic care following a car accident to seek a hospital examination before any further evaluation is performed.
Disclosing the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible is a very important step because in New York State, you only have 30 days to file an accident report. Additionally, with his 25 years of expertise on these types of injuries, Dr. Goldman often finds that some patients won’t take this vital step.
Why Is This So Important?
Because after a car accident, often many patients initially feel fine, but after 30 days, they start to notice pain, discomfort, aches, and other issues arising. Initially, adrenaline from the accident can mask some pain and injuries. In other cases, it can take 30 days or more for some nerve damage and swelling to surface and become noticeable. By reporting the accident to your insurance company in a timely manner any underlying injuries that emerge later can be correlated to your reported car accident.
After you’ve visited the hospital and have been checked for injuries that need immediate treatment or even surgery, reported the accident to your insurance company, and made your appointment with Dr. Goldman, he will start with an evaluation. This includes a thorough spinal examination to determine if you may have had a concussion, other spinal or neck injuries, and determine if he will need to refer you to a specialist.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Many of the injuries and ailments after a car accident are symptoms resulting from whiplash. At Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness, Dr. Goldman takes every car accident victims’ condition seriously. He never takes a cookie-cutter approach to treating injuries or pain during any of his evaluations and consultations. Here at our office in Medford, NY, we’ll take an extensive look at any lingering effects, injuries, pain, issues, illnesses, and other symptoms to give a highly personalized chiropractic outline of the treatment. The most common types that can occur after an car accident include, but are not limited to:
- Head Injuries
- Muscle and ligament injuries
- Joint Injuries
- Lower Back Pain
- Middle Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Chest Pain
- Herniated Discs
- Blurred vision
Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident
At Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness, our chiropractic treatments can help alleviate these injuries and ailments. Our main goal is to bring you back to full health by treating both the symptoms and the root cause of your underlying injuries and conditions after an car accident.
Car accident chiropractic care helps patients with these injuries for a number of reasons. Chiropractic treatment techniques provide relief for car accident victims in a non-invasive way and as an alternative to more serious options like back surgery, which may not be necessary. This is why it’s important to make an appointment with a chiropractor who specializes in car accident injury like Dr. Goldman.
Many doctors will prescribe pain medication, which only masks your injuries. Evaluation and treatment by Dr. Goldman will help you to avoid excessive use of pain medication and treat you on an overall wellness level. Painkillers offer immediate relief to the patients, but they do not provide a long-term solution when it comes to pain management. We like to circumvent pain medications altogether whenever possible.
If you do need to see a specialist, we also have a number of them in our office to help in your overall recovery. These specialists include; an orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, and a variety of therapists.
Examination After a Car Accident
The first step of your examination will involve taking any necessary x-rays and MRIs to look for any bone damage and soft tissue injuries, such as damage to your spinal cord, ligaments, or discs. During your exam, Dr. Goldman will touch and perform slight movements of your head, neck, and arms. You will then be asked to perform simple movements and tasks for the doctor to check:
- Any tenderness in your neck, back, or shoulders
- The range of motion in your shoulders and neck
- The degree of motion that causes you pain or any increase in pain
- Your reflexes and sensations in your limbs
- Any muscle or grip weakness
After this examination, Dr. Goldman will perform a thorough evaluation of your results and create a personalized treatment plan for your particular injuries.
Chiropractic Car Accident Treatments
Your car accident chiropractor, Dr. Goldman customizes chiropractic treatment for auto accidents to match your particular injuries. Some of the most common treatment methods and chiropractic adjustments we use include:
- Spinal manipulation
- Trigger point therapy
- Corrective exercises>
- Lifestyle and ergonomic advice
- Relaxation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Muscle stimulation therapy
Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve pressure on injured nerves and muscles and restore your spinal alignment. When corrective exercises are involved in your treatment, they’re used and recommended to bring back a full range of motion throughout your body.
Dr. Goldman Can Help After a Car Accident
If you’re suffering from a car accident injury, don’t wait to deal with your injuries. Prompt chiropractic treatments will help your body’s natural healing process, alleviate pain, and ultimately help you avoid long-term or life-long chronic pain and other health issues. Schedule your examination with Dr. Goldman and get back on track to better health. Get in touch with us today!