Personal Injury Chiropractor For Auto Accidents

Personal Injury from car accidents are a terrible reality of our modern lives. Millions of accidents happen every year, but unfortunately, not everyone gets the care they need and have the right to receive. Many people sustain personal injury from accidents and don’t go to a hospital or urgent care. These people usually end up with chronic pain because they did not get their problem taken care of soon after the accident. That’s why if you are involved in an accident, even a minor fender bender, and you have even minor aches and pains, it’s so important to be checked by a chiropractor to ensure your injuries don’t get worse. I have seen patients who had no pain right after their accident, but two or three, or even six months later, they have back pain, neck pain, headaches, or extremity pain that develops as time goes on.

Insurance adjusters work with car accident victims every day. If this is your first accident, it’s essential to work with doctors and professionals that understand personal injury so you aren’t at a disadvantage. Time is of the essence when it comes to insurance claims. The sooner you seek care, the better. In New Jersey, most auto insurance companies will require pre-authorization in order to cover Chiropractic Care. At Kinney Chiropractic, we will contact your insurer and submit documentation to show what care is necessary, get your visits authorized so there is no red tape later, and focus on getting you better. We help you through the entire treatment process, and if additional doctors or imaging is needed, we will make the referrals to get you to the right place.

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How We Treat Auto Injuries In Belmar, NJ

Comprehensive Personal Injury Consultation and Exam

If you have been in an accident, a very detailed history and consultation are essential, especially with a doctor who will really listen. Documentation of your personal injury is not only important for your peace of mind, it’s imperative for us as the treating chiropractic physician and also important for insurance companies, especially if there are attorneys involved.

The doctors at Kinney Chiropractic will do thorough Chiropractic, functional, orthopedic, and neurologic testing. Our office has state-of-the-art Digital X-ray on site so images can be taken immediately after an accident. Getting to the root cause of the problem is of utmost importance to ascertain a treatment plan so the patient can start to get relief and minimize permanent injuries.

Specific Chiropractic Care in Belmar, NJ

Adjustments are the most important personal injury treatment you can receive after you’ve been involved in a car accident, even if it’s just a low-speed fender bender. Impacts of any kind can challenge normal spinal alignment, fixate joints in the wrong position, and improperly pinch or put pressure on nerves, decreasing normal communication to the rest of the body. Adjustments help reduce pressure on the nerves, normalize spinal alignment, improve motion, and alleviate your pain.

Neck pain and lower back pain are the most common types of personal injury after a car accident, and chiropractic adjustments help treat those injuries. However, other body parts can be injured in a car accident and we may also be able to help with those injuries.

Massage Therapy and Soft Tissue Work

Massage therapy is essential if you have been in a car accident, especially in whiplash cases. Unfortunately, much of the damage during an accident is to the muscles and soft tissue surrounding your spine. We have a fantastic massage therapist at Kinney Chiropractic. Massage therapy helps loosen up any tight muscles, especially in the neck and back, to allow the spine to move properly. Massage is an excellent addition to your chiropractic adjustments.

Therapeutic Exercise Plan

We always integrate a therapeutic exercise plan into our treatment plans for our patients, especially if they have been in a car accident. Helping to get full motion back, stretching tight areas, and strengthening any areas that are weak from your injuries is very important to minimize permanent injuries.

We will start our exercise plans along with your adjustments in our office but also create a plan for you at home so you can avoid aggravating the problem more.

What You Need To Know If You’ve Been In A Car Accident In Belmar, NJ

Should I Go To The Chiropractor After A Car Accident?

Yes. Car accidents, even low-impact ones, can cause your spine to shift out of alignment, causing vertebrae to pinch or press on nerves and give rise to pain. Accidents can also cause whiplash or disc injuries. Chiropractic adjustments reduce pain and nerve irritation and improve spinal alignment, so you don’t have to suffer long-term after your accident.

Does Car Insurance Pay For A Chiropractor After A Car Accident?

Usually yes. Most auto insurance policies in New Jersey have Personal Injury protection to cover you after you have been in an accident. In some cases, your health insurance may be your primary insurance. To be sure, call your car insurance carrier to discuss your policy and protection.

Do I Have To Pay Anything Out Of Pocket After A Car Accident?

Most likely not. However, some auto insurance policies do have a deductible for personal injury. A deductible is how much money you may have to pay out of pocket before your insurance will start to cover it. Many policies do not have deductibles. Again, it’s best to check with your auto insurance carrier to know for sure. If you are seeking damages and are working with an attorney, the attorney will be able to answer these questions for you.

How Long Should I Go To A Chiropractor After A Car Accident?

It depends on your injuries. Some patients need care for a few months; others need care for a year or more. It really depends on the extent of your injuries.

Common Types of Personal Injury from Auto Accidents in Belmar, NJ

Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in a front or rear-end collision. Whiplash is a neck injury in which a collision causes your neck to whip forward and backward rapidly. This can cause the spine to shift out of alignment, pinch nerves, damage the muscles and ligaments in the neck, and possibly increase the likelihood of disc herniations. After a whiplash injury, your neck spine almost always will lose its normal cervical curve.

Chiropractic adjustments help to normalize alignment, alleviate pressure and pinch on nerves, reduce soft tissue damage, and help improve the curve of your neck.

Low Back Pain From Car Accidents

Another prevalent type of personal injury from a car accident is low back pain. The force of a collision will cause spinal bones to shift out of alignment and possibly irritate or pinch nerves. Disc injuries are very common in car accidents. If your spine has been affected in a car accident, the only thing that will fix it is Chiropractic.

Long-standing injuries of the lower back spine, especially untreated disc herniations, will lead to degenerative and arthritic changes that are permanent in your spine. Early chiropractic treatment will reduce early degeneration and arthritis in your lower back spine.

Shoulder Pain

When personal injury patients come to us after a car accident with shoulder pain, it’s most likely caused by the seat belt. When a person’s body lurches forcibly one way or another, the seatbelt restrains them and can injure their shoulder. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint and is the most moveable joint in the human body. There are so many muscle, tendon, and ligament connections around the shoulder joint that it’s very easy to injure any one of these soft tissue entities in an accident.

When you come to Kinney Chiropractic after an accident, be sure to explain to us exactly where your shoulder pain is so we can get to exactly where the problem is. Chiropractic can help with any dysfunctional joint in the body.

Concussion

Concussions or head injuries are also very common in car accidents. The person can slam their head into the steering wheel if there are no airbags, or sometimes an airbag hitting the patient in the face can cause a concussion. On side impacts, the patient’s head may hit the side window. Whatever the mechanism, if a person sustains a concussion injury, there are almost always issues found in the neck/cervical spine.

A complete exam and X-rays are always necessary. Treatment should begin as soon as possible to minimize the symptoms of neck pain, headaches, or nerve irritation from a concussion. Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue muscle work are two of the best treatment options for a concussion.

Neck Pain

The most common personal injury complaint people have after a car accident is neck pain. The neck and cervical spine are often injured, whether it’s a terrible high-speed impact or even a low-speed collision.

It is very important to see a chiropractor quickly after a car accident to limit the long-term issues. There may not only be spinal misalignments, but muscle and ligament sprains and strains, nerve irritation pinching, and possible injuries to the discs. Adjustments help minimize these chronic injuries.

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