Auto Accidents, Workers’ Comp, Slip and Fall Injuries

After an auto accident, common injuries can occur, including whiplash or neck pain, low back pain, extremity injuries, concussions and permanent injuries such as herniated discs, etc.  

You may not be aware that some auto accident injuries are hidden and are seldom detected for months or even years. As a result, major health problems can occur when an injury is not taken care of properly, or the accident victims settle their case with the insurance companies before getting evaluated from a Doctor trained in soft tissue injuries.

And did you know that auto accidents can also cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis can ruin your posture (giving you a slumped or hump back appearance). Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in your spine to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly.

If you have been in an auto accident, you need a doctor who is trained in the biomechanics of the human body; someone who treats these injuries every day. In addition, x-rays can be taken to find out if there has been any structural damage. In our office, we evaluate auto accident victims and make any appropriate referrals to other health care providers if needed.

Our primary responsibility is giving you the care if you need It, and submitting the required medical reports to the insurance company so your rights are protected.

If we can't help you, we will refer you to a doctor or facility that can.

Here are some common questions and answers you should know in case you are in an automobile accident:
Q: Should I See An Attorney Before I See My Chiropractor?

A: It is important to get checked out by the doctor first. That way the findings from your exam will allow you the information you need in order to decide if an attorney is necessary.

Q: If I Need Treatment For This Injury, Do I Have To Pay For It Myself?

A: No, only in very rare circumstances does the patient pay for his care as he goes. Our office provides care "on credit" when patients are represented by an attorney. Some car insurance policies have what is called "Med Pay." This means that medical bills will be paid at 100% up to a certain limit. My office can assist you in obtaining this information. Using your medical coverage should not raise your premiums.

Q: The Insurance Company Has Been Calling Me And Wants To Settle, What Should I Do?

A: Do not sign or settle until you have had us evaluate your injury for you. If you settle before your injury is fully resolved, you will be completely on your own and will have to pay out of pocket for your care.

Q: I've Been To The Hospital And My Medical Doctor, Do I Really Need to See a Chiropractor?

A: You need a doctor who focuses in the treatment and diagnosis of auto accident injuries. Usually hospitals will check vital signs, make sure there are no life-threatening conditions and release the patient with pain relief medication. They normally do not treat the underlying improper musculoskeletal biomechanics that can and often do lead to future pain. If you are still having problems, you should get a second opinion. If your M.D. has given you pills, you must understand that pills do not correct structural or soft tissue damage. There are special therapies designed for that, and we offer these modalities at our office.

Q: Does Your Care Hurt?

A: Absolutely not. The care is very gentle and quite soothing. Most patients can hardly wait to get their care.

Q: Is The Care Safe?

A: Yes, extremely. Particularly when compared to the side effects from medication.

Q: Do you accept insurance?

A: Yes. We accept most major insurances.

What is a “Slip and Fall” Injury?

It is one of the leading causes of accidents that cause injury. With well over one million injuries each year in the United States, slip and fall injuries can be caused by a wide variety of things including a slick or rough surface, problems with shoes, and the mental and/or physical state of the person who took the fall.

When a person suffers a slip and fall injury, they often suffer trauma to the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments along with the nervous system from the impact of the fall. This trauma can cause misalignments in the spine and interruptions in the signals within the nervous system.

Chiropractic treatments have your back

We adjust your spine to correct those misalignments and remove the interference within the nervous system caused by the injuries. Once the interference is removed, the body is then free to heal itself and return to a state of health.

Because chiropractors focus on correcting physical alignment to facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms, we are very much involved in the area of personal injury treatment. We are adept at treating soft tissue injuries and sprains with drug-free, non-invasive, healing techniques. We are holistic healers who consider the entire body when diagnosing and treating our patients.

Workers’ Comp

According to the National Safety Council, work-related injuries in 1998 cost America more than 80 million lost workdays, at $62.9 billion for wage and productivity losses, $19.9 billion for medical costs, $25.6 billion for administrative expenses, and $12 billion for other employer costs.

A number of workers' compensation studies have shown chiropractic care to be superior to medical care in the treatment of on the job back injuries. Chiropractors have been able to get their patients out of pain and back to work faster and with lower treatment costs. Here are a few studies that highlight the point:

The Florida Study — shorter disability/lower costs/lower hospitalization rates
This large State of Florida study examined 10,652 patients who sustained back-related injuries on the job. Their findings revealed that individuals who received chiropractic care compared with standard medical care for similar diagnoses experienced had a 51.3 percent shorter temporary total disability duration lower treatment cost by 58.8 percent ($558 vs. $1,100 per case) 20.3 percent hospitalization rate in the chiropractic care group vs. 52.2 percent rate in the medical care group.

The California Study — chiropractic patients get back to work sooner
Richard Wolf, M.D. followed 500 individuals sent for chiropractic treatments and 500 individuals sent to medical doctors for treatment. Those who received chiropractic treatments returned to work in an average of 15.6 days vs. 32 days in those who received treatments from medical doctors.

The Australian Study — cost & pain-relief effective with a lower chronicity rate
1,996 workers' compensation cases were evaluated in patients who experienced work-related low back pain. It was found that those individuals who received chiropractic care for their back pain returned to work 4 times faster (6.26 days vs. 25.56 days) and had treatment that cost 4 times less ($392 vs. $1,569) than those who received treatments from medical doctors. Also, in those patients who received chiropractic care there was a significantly lower incidence of progression to a chronic low back pain status.