Seeking Alternative Treatment after an Auto Accident: Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care

Date: February 8, 2016

Today’s topic written by Aaron Crane, an experienced car accident attorney in Phoenix at Cantor Crane, discusses alternative treatment for an injury caused by a car accident. A car accident places an incredible amount of strain and trauma on your body. Even if you were wearing your seatbelt and did not have any apparent injuries to report immediately following the collision, problems can develop after a few days or weeks even. Getting medical treatment after an accident should be done at the first onset of pain.

You should always contact a healthcare professional and receive a checkup after you have been in an accident. Your number one priority should always be your health, and if you are even the slightest bit injured in accident, seeking professional medical care is advisable to prevent a small injury turning into something much larger.

Also, as any auto accident lawyer will advise, seeking medical care at the earliest practicable time means you will have proper documentation of your injuries, which will prove invaluable if you end up involved in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Ask your healthcare professional what actions you should take to recover your health, but also consult an attorney so that you are not left holding the bill when you are not responsible for it. Oftentimes your doctor will refer you to physical therapy or prescribe medications, but sometimes doctors suggest chiropractic treatments or acupuncture. If you are interested, you may consider these alternative treatment options to help alleviate pain while on your road to recovery.

Acupuncture after a Car Accident

In medical studies, acupuncture has actually been proven to alleviate the symptoms of whiplash. Primarily, acupuncture has been shown to reduce swelling in the neck and lower pain levels. Acupuncture has also been shown to assist in healing by stimulating and promoting blood flow. Acupuncture uses sterilized, ultra-fine needles which are inserted at very precise locations in the skin/body. Surprisingly, people often find the application of the needles almost entirely painless. In fact, many acupuncture patients fall asleep during treatments.

Chiropractic Care after a Car Accident

Chiropractic care is commonly prescribed following a car accident. Chiropractors can diagnose minor issues to the neck, spine and other joints. They can also manipulate the joints in the neck and the back to facilitate healing by adjusting the joints. It is generally recommended to accompany chiropractic care with physical therapy or specific exercises that your chiropractor will recommend. Chiropractic care generally requires frequent visits at first, sometimes as often as three times in a single week, coupled with exercises sometimes multiple times per day. Chiropractic care is also very good for minor injuries that only require infrequent treatment, and some practitioners also provide chiropractic massage.

Is Alternative Care Right for You

You should always consult your primary physician before considering alternative treatment after an accident such as acupuncture or chiropractic care, however knowing whether these alternatives are right for you is your own decision. Every form of treatment has an upside and a downside. Frequently, people turn to Chiropractic and Acupuncture practitioners because they do not want to have to take medication or pain killers multiple times a day. Both of these alternatives provide certain individuals with much needed pain relief, without requiring massive doses of narcotic pain medicine.

One benefit to working with a chiropractor or acupuncturist is that these medical professionals will often treat patients on a lien. Treating patients on a lien means that if you were in an accident that was not your fault, and you have an attorney, they will treat you without you having to pay upfront. Instead, you pay after your case settles.

If you have been seeking chiropractic or acupuncture treatments as a result of an auto accident, contact Arizona Personal Injury Law Firm Cantor Crane today by phone (602) 254-2701 or visit our website, to speak with an experienced injury attorney. You may be due compensation over and above your medical bills. If you were not at fault, you have rights.

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About the Author

Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.