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Auto Accident Care at Freedom Chiropractic

Woman holding neck after auto accidentWhether 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 any and all 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 a 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

Will you work with my other doctors?

Yes, we are happy to co-manage your case with your other physicians to get the best results for you.

If passengers were in the car with me at the time of my accident should they get checked too?

Yes, anyone who was in the vehicle with you should come in to get evaluated, even if it was a minor accident.

What is Med Pay & what does it cover?

In Colorado, Med Pay is a rider on everyone’s auto insurance. Each driver has it unless you opt out of it. Usually a minimum of $5,000 of any medical expense that incurs because of the auto accident is covered by Med Pay whether you’re at fault or not.

How long will my care plan be?

As every person is different we won’t know that at the beginning. We encourage people to be patient as it takes time for the body to heal.

Book an Appointment

If you need auto accident care Northeast Colorado Springs, we are here to give you the care you need to heal. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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