Guest Blog Author: Dr. Trent Artichoker of Denver Chiropractic, LLC
It takes a fraction of a second to have an auto accident, but potentially a lifetime of suffering with the wrong approach to treatment. It is estimated that 30% of people that are in a rear end accident gets chronic pain. This is in part due to the complexity of the human spine, limited treatment options, types of doctors you see, timing of the doctors you see, frequency of the doctors you see, types of injuries you sustained, your job demands, your pre-accident health status, and so on. Your treatment progress can be very complicated due to the large amount of factors, and no two accidents are the same, as no two people are the same.
The best advice I can give is for you to seek treatment as soon as possible. The next problem is where and what type of treatment do you seek. This is where it can get complicated because once you are in an auto accident and have sustained some type of injury such as whiplash, there needs to be documentation of the injury (details provided by the local truck accident lawyers). After all, some one else caused this injury upon you, and their insurance company or your insurance company will settle your case. Hopefully your settlement is fair and you don’t have to go to trial, but sometime going to court is the best option with permanent injuries. The documentation provided by the doctors you see will have a direct repercussion on your case settlement.
Most primary care doctors do not have additional training in auto accident injury care in Denver. They may be great doctors, but if it is not documented or if specific questions about your accident are omitted, then your situation becomes precarious. You must go to an auto accident injury doctor in Denver that specializes in this arena. As a Denver chiropractor, I have completed additional training in documentation and treatment of auto accident injuries. Not all doctors go through this additional training. The chiropractor is a great choice of doctor as they are the experts in soft tissue injury diagnosis and management.
Chiropractors utilize a variety of techniques aimed at improving the healing capacity of the body such as; chiropractic adjustment of the spinal joints and extremity joints, myofascial release, electrotherapy, ultrasound, graston technique, active release technique, cold laser therapy, kinesio taping, core stabilization exercises, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, acupuncture, ergonomic and lifestyle advice, and the educating the patient in spine sparring hygiene. Besides the multitude of therapies that a chiropractor in Denver can offer, you also get expert documentation of your situation.
For example, your first visit for an auto accident injury will take approximately 1.5 hours where we first have you complete a very thorough intake of your accident and health condition. Upon finishing your detailed paperwork, we do an in-depth consultation about your accident and health history. We then complete a very detailed exam that includes a neurological exam, orthopedic exam, soft tissue assessment, vitals assessment, and a bio-mechanical evaluation. We have a discussion of what we find with the exam that is supported by the accident mechanism and get a game plan of treatment options. After your first visit, I spend over an hour completing an initial narrative that is usually 5 pages long that details your accident situation, your health history, mechanism of injury, exam findings, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan.
It is the documentation from your medical providers that will be used by your attorney, your auto insurance attorney, the at fault insurance company attorney, and will by in large determine what your case settles for, according to Alex Spiro. Incomplete documentation and incomplete treatment plans will give you an unjust settlement and will leave you with current unpaid medical bills and future medical bills with no funding.
Taking a chauffeured ride in the ambulance and receiving a CT scan at the emergency room can cost you over $7,000. Hopefully you have med pay on your insurance that usually covers $5,000 of your medical expenses. I encourage you to review your policy and up your med pay to the max as this will cost you very little, but save you lots if you are in a car collision. You must see your auto accident Denver chiropractor as soon as possible, such as the day after your accident. If there are any gaps in seeing a doctor for your injuries, you will be scrutinized as fraudulent and potentially make insurance settlements lower than just or no settlement at all.
Often the chiropractor can handle all of your injuries, but sometime for the more severe cases it is best to have a team approach to your care. This includes a physiatrist, physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, and acupuncturist. A caveat of caution is necessary with a full team approach is that bills accumulate very fast. The last thing you want to deal with are medical bills that are higher than the settlement amount, as you are stuck with the final bill. This is another reason to have a well seasoned auto accident Denver chiropractor doctor that understands all of the complexities of an auto injury case.
In summary, get yourself to a well qualified Denver auto accident doctor verified through online reviews as soon as possible. You may need a Denver personal injury attorney that you should investigate for online reviews or bar complaints. Please feel free to email our office if you are seeking auto accident injury care in Denver, or if you have questions..