Auto Accident Patients
If you are in an automobile accident, slip and fall or other personal injury accident, this is the portal for you. Here you can get an understanding of what injuries we commonly treat, the possible long-term effects of whiplash-type injuries if not treated properly, advice and paperwork to make your care efficient and effective. At Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, you will be treated with the same premier care as our professional athletes. You will not just be another auto accident patient like many personal injury clinics.
Injuries related to auto accidents, slip and falls and other personal injury accidents are traumatic injuries. This simply means that the injury was significant in nature and directly caused by the accident, and not over time like an over-use injury. When a traumatic injury occurs, muscles, soft tissues, ligaments, joints, discs, and possibly bone may be damaged. When the damage occurs to these structures, inflammation and altered movement can last for weeks, months and even years if not addressed and treated properly. If not treated, your body will try to heal itself in a less than ideal way by laying down scar tissue. This causes the muscles that were damaged to become either chronically weakened or tight. If these injuries are not addressed and treated, the biomechanics of the region will be altered for the long term. Most of the time, treatment is a necessity because your pain level may be too intense not to seek treatment.
One mistake that many accident victims make is not seeking care for their pain because they do not believe they were really hurt. Many times the pain doesn’t start right away, or only lasts for a few days following the accident, then comes back within a couple of weeks. These patients always retrospectively wish they would have taken care of their body right away, instead of seeking treatment a few weeks or months after the injury or accident.
What to expect from Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Medicine
- Chiropractic, Orthopedic, Neurological examination
- Soft Tissue/Muscular Examination
- Detailed Plan of Care- Comprehensive plan discussed with patient on 2nd visit
- Specialty Referrals- We have a network of top Orthopedists, pain management, neurologists, and physical therapy if needed.
- Passive and Active Care
- Passive Care- Electrical stimulation, ice, heat, massage, ultrasoundInitial care typically is Passive until the acute pain subsides
- Active Care- Chiropractic, therapeutic stretching & exercises, Active Release Technique, stabilizations.
- Impairment ratings- If needed
Common Personal Injury/Auto Accident Injuries Treated
- Cervical Whiplash
- Low Back Strain/Sprain
- Mid-Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee pain
- Hip Injuries
- Ankle Injuries
- Cervical Disc Herniation
Personal Injury Paperwork
If you were in an auto accident, whether or not you have representation, the following forms must be filled out separate from the on-line information discussed in the New Patient section. These documents must be original copies. To save about 15 minutes from your initial office visit, we recommend printing out the forms below and filling out the information prior to your first visit. We understand that the paperwork seems immense, but it is necessary when working with your auto insurance and/or attorney. We thank you in advance. *Please notify our staff if you do not have printing access and we will provide you with your paperwork at time of your visit.