HAVE YOU RECENTLY BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT? Read on!
Auto accidents can change lives in an instant. People go from being healthy, active individuals to pain ridden and disabled. Have you been injured in an auto accident and are looking for knowledgeable specialists to help you get back on your feet? At Hartman Family Chiropractic, we're experienced auto accident specialists that know exactly what to look for when you've been injured. It's not only important to know how to treat the person that was injured, but also to know how to work together with the insurance company to find the right doctors and specialists to help get you back to how you were feeling before your accident.
After a thorough examination and the appropriate X-rays, we will put together a care plan that will help you get pain free as quick as possible. Sometimes, chiropractic care is not enough to completely get your body healed. This is why we have an integrated network of providers and specialists to co-manage and refer to. We have medical doctors, orthopedists, physical therapists and pain management doctors that we can get you into immediately if your case requires it.
Why go to a chiropractor after an auto accident?
Studies have shown that even after a car accident at 5mph, scar tissue and adhesions will start to form, causing the progression of the degenerative process. Chiropractors can help get your spine moving again, taking pressure off of the nerves and preventing the scar tissue from forming. We can also help to restore any muscular imbalances and correct any spinal curvatures damaged or injured during the accident.
Instead of relying on harmful pain killers and drugs, we take an all natural approach at helping the body to achieve balance and wellness. If you've been in an auto accident, please call our office at 616-457-1168 to make an appointment to get yourself checked out.
. Not only will we give you individual attention by creating custom treatment plans based on your needs, but we will personally assist you with the maze of paperwork you will face. Our staff is trained in working closely with insurance companies and attorneys. Our goal is to make getting the care you need a more enjoyable process and to minimize any of the stress of dealing with insurance companies.
What if you walk away from an auto accident with no apparent injury at all? You need to get checked anyway! As strange as it may sound, you may not feel any pain of other symptoms of spinal damage for weeks or months after your accident. But by the time your symptoms finally appear, scar tissue has already built up in the area, making healing and pain relief that much more difficult to achieve.
There are three main ways we help our auto accident injury patients.
First is using the appropriate therapy in each of the three phases of healing.
During the inflammation phase our therapeutic goals are to reduce your pain and inflammation.
The importance of the repair phase of healing is to receive physical medicine such as chiropractic treatment to help the injured tissue return to normal in all three joint ranges of motion.
The last phase of healing requires therapy to increase the injured tissue strength and elasticity. The purpose for this is to prevent the possibility of a permanent injury and recurrences.
Documentation of all your injuries is vital in the event you have a claim and your case goes to trial. Our doctors are trained in the proper documentation of auto injuries and if necessary will provide this information in the court of law.
What does my auto insurance cover?
The most important thing to remember is that it doesn't matter whether or not the accident was your fault. If you are injured, your insurance company has the responsibility of paying your medical bills until you return to the state you were in before your auto accident occurred.
There are two different claims that will occur when you are in involved in an auto accident. The first, is your auto claim. This is the claim that gets filed for any damage that occurred to your car. Filing an auto claim may raise your premiums.
The secondary claim that you will file is a medical claim. To do this, you call your insurance company and let them know that you were injured in an accident, and let them know how you're feeling. If you've already picked a specialist that you're going to see for your injuries, such as a chiropractor or a physical therapist, let them know that. They will give you a Claim # (which is what the specialist will use to send all of your medical bills to) and assign you someone called an "adjustor." Your adjustor is the go-to person for any questions you have regarding your insurance and the coverage you have for your medical needs. Your auto insurance will cover everything at 100% until you are deemed fully recovered.