The Washington, DC metro area has been hit with a lot of rain in the past week, and as a result, there have been numerous car accidents. With the beginning of fall, we also know that winter will be coming soon, and probably with at least one big snow storm. With harsh weather conditions (whether it’s rain or snow), we would like to remind the area’s residents to drive safely and avoid driving under the harshest conditions. Rain, hail, and snow are one of the leading causes of car accidents in the DC area, and driving when there is heavy precipitation can lead to some pretty rough injuries. While reminding the area’s drivers to be careful, there will still inevitably be a rise in car accidents as we approach the winter months.
Should DC area chiropractors be focusing on specialized treatment options for victims of car accidents?
Most chiropractors already know that a large number of their patients begin treatment because of injuries that resulted from car accidents. Usually, if you hire a car accident attorney, he or she will recommend searching for the “best chiropractors near me“, to find a chiropractor, ensuring that you get the proper x-rays done to maximize the winnings you will get from your case. While chiropractors know that a large number of their patients come as a result of a car wreck, that does not mean that they have developed specialized programs for victims of car accidents. The treatment should be a little different as soon as the chiropractic specialist learns about the recent car accident.
Let us take it from the beginning: Upon walking into a chiropractic office, the new patient will be asked to fill out some forms. You can probably guess what most of the questions on these forms will be.
* Why are you seeking help from a chiropractor?
* Did anyone refer you to our chiropractic practice?
* Where are you experiencing pain?
* How long have you been experiencing your pain?
* Do you know what caused the pain?
These are just some of the obvious questions that you will be asked. If you were in a car accident that has resulted in neck pain, then you should make note of that under the question about what caused the pain.
Upon seeing that you were in a car accident, the chiropractor should ask you some follow up questions.
* When did the accident happen?
* How bad was the accident on a scale of 1-10?
* Has your pain gotten better or worse since the accident?
* Did you need to go to the hospital immediately after the accident?
* Have you spoken with a car accident attorney?
Once your chiropractor has asked all of the necessary questions, he or she should be sure to take some x-rays to provide proof of injuries if they are needed for your case. He or she should then work with you to develop a carefully planned treatment program. Make sure that you are having check-ins every month with your specialist to determine if your pain and injuries are getting better or if they are somehow getting worse. Injuries from car accidents are a little different, so it is important to proceed with caution.