After any accident, especially an auto accident, it is especially important that people see an expert. Even in cases where people don't think they are injured in any way, they should be seen within 14 days by a chiropractor who knows how to deal with auto accident injuries. Some injuries, for example, whiplash, are not always evident immediately after the accident. Leaving an injury untreated can have very serious consequences, so being proactive can make all the difference in terms of recovery.
Florida No-Fault Law provides for coverage of your medical bills under your auto policy regardless of who is at fault. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it is wise to be checked out. Many injuries don’t exhibit symptoms until weeks or months later. If you don’t initiate care with a chiropractor, a walk-in clinic, an ER, or your primary physician within 14 days, you forfeit ALL rights to any coverage. If we determine that you have no injuries, then all you lose is 40 minutes is your time. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Many people fail to get checked within 14 days and later realize they are hurt. At that point, it’s too late and they wind up responsible for the bills. Dr. Augustine at Augustine Chiropractic has more than 29 years of experience in evaluating and treating auto accident injuries.
Waiting for an injury to show itself after an accident is not only dangerous, it is negligent. You and anyone involved in an accident should see a licensed physician or professional healthcare provider within 72 hours of the accident. An immediate visit to a chiropractor will allow them to maintain a check-up system for you and anyone else involved. This allows them to watch how any injury may develop and design proper care.
Whiplash is the most common auto accident injury today. Whiplash is a neck strain that happens during a serious impact. During a severe impact, the head will be thrown forward and backward so sharply that it briefly leaves the neck. This movement is known as hyperextension/hyperflexion. Hyperextension/hyperflexion can result in a number of injuries to the soft tissues, which are made up of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, and joints. This damage can cause pain, stiffness, headaches, and many other unpleasant symptoms. Whiplash does not have to be a long-term condition. It will be short lived if the proper chiropractic treatments and adjustments are started quickly after the auto accident in most cases. However, if whiplash is ignored it could become a permanently debilitating injury.
If you feel you have suffered whiplash after a car accident you must contact your healthcare provider in order to diagnose the severity of the injury. After a proper diagnosis your chiropractor will take action to treat your case as well as guiding you in steps to rehabilitating your injury on your own.
In the situations where additional help is needed with a specific auto accident injury, the chiropractor can refer the patient to other experts that he works closely with. Dr. Augustine works with orthopedists, neurologists, diagnostic centers, and MRI facilities who will work with a patient's insurance company. No matter what is needed to heal the injury, Dr. Augustine is prepared to help.
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