When to Seek Chiropractic Care
In general, patients should seek chiropractic care within two weeks of an accident. Whereas emergency room and urgent care professionals can provide immediate medical care for serious trauma, chiropractors offer treatment for less obvious injuries. Sometimes referred to as “hidden injuries”, this kind of damage affects deep tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Whiplash is the best known example of this, but other parts of the body can be affected, as well.
While comparatively less serious than a concussion or broken bone, deep or soft tissue injuries can have significant long-term pain and problems. Because they are so heavily involved in mobility, injured soft tissues can undermine your ability to move and function. In some cases, it can even lead to herniated discs or arthritis.
Because the effect of these injuries is often cumulative rather than immediate, they can be easy to miss in the days and weeks after an accident. However, even if you are not in pain, you may notice:
- Unexplained headaches
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty or inability to focus
- Problems sleeping at night or restlessness
Unfortunately, these symptoms can sometimes appear weeks or even months after a crash. The longer you go without treatment, the more likely the injury will lead to long-term problems. In many cases, medical doctors will refer patients to a chiropractor if they have unexplained pain or other symptoms of deep tissue injury. Dr. Langford can identify hidden injuries and create an appropriate treatment plan.
The longer you wait to get chiropractic treatment, the more difficult it is to get the insurance company to cover your treatment.
Consequently, even if you feel fine, it is important to get checked for potential injuries within two weeks of an accident. This process can not only help to prevent long-term problems, but will also improve your chances for insurance coverage. The longer you wait to get chiropractic treatment, the more difficult it is to get insurance to cover treatment.
Prevent Long-Term Injury
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is complicated enough without sustaining an injury. Dr. Langford and his team work hard to prevent long-term damage and help you recover as quickly as possible. Reach out online today or call (619) 585-3611 to set up a consultation and discuss your situation with a professional.