Winter isn’t coming; it’s already here! The weather chills to the bone, the roads are icy, and even the best drivers run the risk of a weather-related car accident. We may not be able to control the circumstances that lead to weather-related accidents, but we can decide to be informed of what to do in case we are ever involved in one. Knowledge of your available options, especially when it comes to treatment, is a vital part of being prepared for potential emergencies. We believe that part of our job at Straight Up Chiropractic is to inform our patient about what they can do in case they’re involved in one of these slippery situations.
Like Any Car Accident, You Must First Assess The Situation.
The most important thing to do if you’re ever in a car accident, regardless of the cause, is to evaluate the situation as a whole. This process should start with the people involved in the crash. Determine whether there are any serious injuries needing to be addressed with emergency medical care, such as broken bones, open wounds, and other symptoms of serious injury. While these patients may benefit long-term from chiropractic treatment, their first step should be seeking emergency medical care.
If there are no serious injuries among those involved, the next step would be to self-check for any pain, stiffness, soreness, bruising, or any other signs of mild to moderate trauma. Sometimes theses symptoms can take hours or even days to appear. Once you start tuning into your body and accessing where you may be needing treatment, you will come to a point where you must make a decision.
Should You Choose A Chiropractor or A General Physician To Assess Your Needs?
What many patients don’t realize is that they don’t need to see General physician receive a referral to seek treatment from a chiropractor. In fact, in the state of Oregon, a patient may even choose a chiropractor as their primary care doctor. At Straight Up Chiropractic, we also have licensed massage therapists in-house. This means not only can we treat skeletal injuries, but we can treat muscular issues as well.
There are many patients who have sought treatment from their chiropractor after an accident for the natural healing benefits. Chiropractic care is an excellent alternative to treating car accident injuries with heavy doses a prescription medication and invasive procedures. At Straight Up Chiropractic, we believe in treating our patients’ injuries at their source, rather than only dulling the pain with medicine.
The Best Part Is That Your Insurance Covers It! (Yes, Even Yours!)
The biggest misconception that patients have about chiropractic care is the assumption that their insurance doesn’t cover it. When in fact, auto insurance will cover all health care costs up to $15K, which should be plenty for all necessary chiropractic care. Also, whether you were at fault or not, your their insurance covers your health care costs in full with no deductible or copay. So, don’t let not getting checked out cost you, because getting checked out won’t cost you a dollar.
While we accept most insurances, we understand that not all of our patients have coverage. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality, science-based chiropractic care. This is why we offer patients without coverage a reasonable, discounted cash rate.
We can’t control the weather, but we can give our patients the resources they need to be ready for anything the winter throws their way. For more information about what insurances we accept, our cash rate, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Halsy Carter, please feel free to contact us today.