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Auto Accident Chiropractor Colorado Springs

Woman holding neck after auto accident Whether you’re involved in a low-speed parking lot fender bender or a high-speed freeway collision, your body has sustained a degree of trauma. You may experience symptoms such as headaches, numbness and tingling down your arms and legs, muscle spasms, back pain and whiplash, just to name a few. But symptoms can be expressed differently by each individual.

‘But It Was Just a Minor Accident’

Because adrenaline runs high following an accident many people don’t experience pain until a few days later. You may be tempted to tell yourself that the pain will eventually go away and you’ll be fine. However, when the cause of your pain and symptoms following an auto accident go undetected and uncorrected they usually worsen and become harder to correct. We recommend getting an evaluation as soon as possible following an accident. “Hospitals will be looking for the big, bad and scary things (fractures and dislocations) but as chiropractors, we will fine-tune patients’ care by providing specific correction,” said Dr. Kennedy.

What to Expect


First Visit

freedom-chiropractic-cervical-xrayBefore you come in for your first appointment, you will have some steps to take, including calling YOUR auto insurance company and opening up a claim (even if it wasn’t your fault). Then, we will have you complete specific paperwork. You will initially meet with Dr. Kennedy and give her an account of what happened during the accident. She also will get all of your insurance information from you to move forward with a claim. After she hears your account of what happened, Dr. Kennedy will perform the following:

  • Palpation exam
  • X-rays
  • Range-of-motion testing
  • Bilateral weight scale assessment to see how weight is being distributed

You and Dr. Kennedy will determine together if you will receive treatment that day to alleviate discomfort or she may have you come back within 24-48 hours depending on the severity of your accident. That will give her ample time to evaluate your X-rays to provide the most effective adjustment possible.

Second Visit

If you did not get adjusted on the first day Dr. Kennedy will walk you through your first adjustment at this appointment.

Third Visit

During this appointment, we will show you your X-rays, analysis and go over your treatment plan. We will be sure to discuss exactly what insurance covers prior to moving forward. We also will provide you with recommendations on home rehab, including stretching, strengthening and guidance with ice and heat application to alleviate pain and speed up the recovery process.

Progressive Reexaminations

Reexaminations will be provided to track your progress. For example, your treatment plan may involve treatment three times a week for multiple weeks. At the end of that period, we will perform a reexamination. We’ll look at different objectives and pain scales and say, for example, “Here’s where you were before the accident. Here’s where you are because of the accident, and here’s where you are now.” If we see that you’re moving in the right direction we can begin to decrease the frequency of your visits until you reach “pre-accident status.” Our reassessment process is important because, even though your treatment may take longer, investing in proper care now can prevent you from suffering over the long term.

Taking Stress Off of You

The last thing you want to deal with after an auto accident is insurance and attorney interactions. At Freedom Chiropractic, we will take care of those for you so you can focus on your healing.


FAQ

What should I do if I’m injured in a car accident?

Give us a call and we will walk you through the process because every accident is different, including the severity of it. Some people go to the ER or have an ambulance ride while others don’t. Some have a lawyer, and others do not. Because every case is different, our team is very well-trained to ask each patient specific questions to help guide them in the right direction.

Why should I see a chiropractor after a car accident?

Even a low-impact 5-mile-per-hour rear-end collision can create some sort of whiplash. When that happens, you create significant misalignment and trauma to the spine and ligament damage. Many people will say, “Oh, it’s not that bad. I’m just a little bit sore.” Then years down the road, they find that they are still having a major impact because they never sought out further information or help. Chiropractors are trained to look for the minute subluxations and misalignment that can create significant problems down the road when gone undetected and uncorrected.

I’m still experiencing issues from a car accident I had years ago. Is it too late to benefit from care?

It’s important to note that our office does not go back months or years from a car accident. While we won’t be able to treat you under the motor vehicle claim if there is still one open, we can still provide chiropractic care that can address residual pain from your auto accident.

How can a chiropractor help me after a car accident?

We’re going to work immediately to correct any of the misalignments and trauma that have happened from the accident due to whiplash. In addition to chiropractic care and soft tissue work, we will give you specific spinal rehabilitative exercises and stretches for you to do at home to speed up the process. The sooner you get under chiropractic care after an auto accident the greater likelihood that you’ll be able to recover quicker.

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Auto Accident Treatment Colorado Springs CO | (719) 533-0303