Auto Accident Injuries & Chiropractic Care: Top Questions Answered
If you have recently sustained an auto accident injury, you may be experiencing stiffness or soreness in the neck, back pain, headaches, migraines or other pain problems. You may also be wondering if the care that you received from a doctor or emergency room is sufficient treatment or if there are effective alternatives to prescription painkillers for managing your pain.
Your Auto Accident Injury Questions Answered!
Our Sarasota Chiropractor Dr. Abe Kozma has been treating auto accident injury patients since 1999. He understands how to help patients like you through drug-free pain management and non-surgical treatments. This information will help you better understand your treatment options following an auto accident:
Is a chiropractor a qualified injury doctor?
Yes, a chiropractor is a qualified injury doctor. All chiropractors, including Dr. Kozma, must complete four years of education focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries such as whiplash affect the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Kozma is qualified to diagnosis and treat these injuries.
What methods will be used in my treatment for an auto injury?
Chiropractic care is an effective treatment technique for musculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractic care works by addressing the underlying cause for pain – such as a herniated disc or cervical spine misalignment – and correcting this misalignment. This treatment technique is effective because rather than relying on medication to “cover up” pain, chiropractic care is directly addressing the mechanical problem that is trigger pain in the first place. To enhance the benefits of chiropractic care, we also offer massage therapy and corrective exercises.
Who pays for my accident injury treatment?
Florida is a no-fault state, therefore the insurance company of each party is responsible for paying for your accident injury treatment. You will not have to pay excessive out-of-pocket costs. Keep in mind it is important to receive a full diagnostic exam prior to settling with your insurance company. A full diagnostic exam ensures that all your injuries are completely diagnosed, so you can be fully reimbursed for all necessary treatments.
I’ve been to the hospital; do I really need to see a chiropractor?
Yes, you should still schedule an appointment with a chiropractor after going to the hospital. The treatment you receive at the hospital is immediate care that is designed to quickly relieve pain and ensure you are not suffering from internal bleeding. This treatment, however, is not a long-term plan for managing pain or correcting musculoskeletal misalignments. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat these injuries.
Can I get massage therapy for my car accident injury pain?
Yes, you can receive massage therapy for car accident injury pain. In fact, we frequently recommend massage therapy as part of our whole body approach to neck and back pain management following a car accident. Depending on your insurance company they may pay for this as well.
Should I see an attorney before I see my chiropractor?
You may talk to an attorney at any time. If you do not have an attorney, Dr. Kozma is happy to recommend a reputable personal injury attorney.