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Seattle Area Auto Accident Injury Care: Top FAQs

If you have recently been in a Seattle area auto accident, chiropractic care can help manage you injury pain and support your body during the rehabilitation process. Below, our Normandy Park and Edmonds chiropractor answers your top questions about auto accident injury care.

#1: I’ve already been to the hospital; do I really need to see a chiropractor?

Yes; even if you have been to the hospital, your body can still benefit from chiropractic care. Hospitals provide urgent and emergency care. They treat blunt force trauma injuries, such as broken bones. However, hospitals are not designed to care for musculoskeletal injuries. Their treatment for these injuries is typically pain medication. While drugs can provide immediate pain relief, pain medication is not a long-term pain management solution. Our Seattle area chiropractor will evaluate your injury and create a long-term plan to manage your pain and support your body’s natural healing process.

#2: Who pays for my auto accident injury treatment?

Depending on who was at fault for the accident, that individual’s insurance company should cover treatment. However, in order for you to receive full compensation for your treatment, it is essential that these injuries be diagnosed prior to settling your insurance claim. This is why it is important to meet with a qualified chiropractor as soon as possible following an auto accident. Prematurely settling with an insurance company could limit your access to fair compensation.

#3: How does chiropractic care treat auto accident injury pain?

Chiropractic care is non-invasive, drug-free approach to pain management. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to bring alignment back to the musculoskeletal system. Many patients are surprised to learn that accidents at speeds as slow as 5 mph can affect spinal alignment. For example, a whiplash injury may knock the cervical spine out of alignment, triggering neck pain, headaches, migraines and reduced mobility. Chiropractic adjustments treat this pain by restoring proper spinal alignment.

#4: What if I only have minor pain – do I still need to see a chiropractor?

Even if you are only experiencing minor stiffness and soreness following an accident injury, we still recommend scheduling a diagnostic appointment with a chiropractor. This appointment is an important opportunity to assess the full extent of your injuries. Some injuries, such as whiplash, do not immediately cause pain; it can be weeks or even months before the onset of chronic neck pain, migraines and headaches occurs. The earlier these injuries are identified, the more our chiropractor can do to help them heal.

#5: Should I consult my attorney before visiting a chiropractor?

You are welcome to consult with your attorney at any point following a car accident. To ensure fair compensation for your pain, our Seattle area chiropractor recommends that a qualified personal injury attorney represent you. If you do not currently have a personal injury attorney, then our chiropractor is happy to recommend one.