Car Accident Chiropractor Decatur GA
Should I See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident?
Chiropractors are probably the most common healthcare provider for patients after car accidents. For reasons, not fair to patients, the medical profession has often stigmatized and eschewed the treatment of car accident patients, due to concerns over the potential secondary gain motives of such injured patients. For example, many doctors will tell patients that we don’t treat car accident patients. That’s not true of hospital emergency departments, but it is often true of primary care doctors and specialists who don’t want the hassle of medicolegal concerns.
Chiropractors have been treating car accident patients since the car. And most chiropractors have a variety of methods to treat the soft-tissue injuries that arise from car accidents. Since we specialize in the spine and soft-tissue injuries we are probably the best healthcare provider to seek form such injuries.
Many chiropractors, myself included, have specialized training in auto accident injuries, and have treated many thousands of such patients over their career. Plus, we coordinate with other medical specialists to make sure patients get all the appropriate treatment and diagnostic testing.
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Are you looking for a top rated Car Accident Chiropractor service provider in Decatur GA? Dr. Craig Castanet founder of Backstrong Non-Surgical Rehab Clinic is best Car Accident Chiropractor Decatur GA.
Dr. Craig Castanet has 35+ years experience, including 18 years in a high-volume, orthopedic, physical medicine, and physical therapy clinic, where he participated in the treatment of more than 40,000 patients. In addition, he has specialized training in whiplash and brain traumatology from the Spine Rearch Institute of San Diego. He also has many years of training, certifications, and clinical experience in a variety of related topics, including spinal rehabilitation, active release techniques, functional medicine, functional capacity evaluations, electrodiagnostics, spinal decompression, and pain management. And he spent five years, part-time, in a neurosurgical practice learning surgical indications and procedures with one of Atlanta’s best neurosurgeons.
Most auto accident injuries are not going to require injections or surgery, so Dr. Castanet is the perfect doctor to provide the treatment you likely need, and refer you to another medical specialist when that is appropriate.
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Our Process of Treatment - Car Accident Chiropractor Decatur GA
Understanding Car Accident Injuries
Auto accidents impart unusual forces to the human body. These forces pose a unique risk in that they can be high forces, imposed upon an unprepared body. Humans do much better against high forces impacts when they anticipate them. For example, football players are hit with high forces many times per game, but if these are anticipated, and the player can brace himself, he can avoid acute injuries, and only suffer the longer-term consequences of repeated trauma.
Auto accidents can involve higher forces, but even low force impacts, imparted to a person who is not prepared and braced for the impact, can result in sprain and strain injuries. These injuries are defined as tearing of muscle, ligamentous, and tendonous tissues. The severity of injury depends upon many variables, e.g. age, degenerative status, sex, strength, vehicles, anticipation, etc. Recovery from such injuries can take a vaiable amount of time, from days to months. And sometimes recovery is not 100%. Getting the proper treatment in a timely way is important to the optimal outcome.
The examination of auto accident patients is preceeded by a history of the auto accident and pertinent variables so that we can infer the likely nature of injuries, including vehicles involved, position of occupant, speeds of vehicles, directions of vehicles, recalled direct trama and mental status, onset of symptoms, subsequent other medical evaluation and treatment, diagnostic testing and more.
Then the physical examination includes range of motion assessment, provocative movements, neurological evalution, muscular palpation, orthopedic maneuvers, observation of movements, and more.
Once a history and examination are concluded, and any relevant medical records reviewed, we determine the diagnoses. These are subject to change as new data evolves. The diagnoses enable us to determine what other diagnostic testing in appropriate, and what treatments we should start. It also determines if any other medical provider should be seen to evaluate the patient.
Common diagnoses include sprain/strain of soft tissues, herniated spinal discs, abrasions, contusions, headaches, dizziness, muscle pain, and more. Less common injuries can include post-concussion syndrome, fractured bones, pinched nerves, chest wall pain, and more.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment After a Car Accident
Chiropractic treatment after a car accident offers numerous benefits for recovery. By addressing musculoskeletal injuries, it provides pain relief, restores mobility, and promotes natural healing. The non-invasive approach helps reduce inflammation and prevents long-term complications. Individualized treatment plans tailor care to each patient’s specific needs, minimizing scar tissue formation and optimizing nervous system function. Beyond physical benefits, chiropractic care can also aid in reducing stress and anxiety associated with car accident injuries, promoting overall well-being. Seeking prompt chiropractic attention can prevent potential complications and support a faster, more effective recovery process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to see a chiropractor after a car accident?
Most commonly, patients that are treated by a chiropractor after an auto accident have a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. So usually the patient will have contacted a personal injury attorney, and the treating chiropractor will wait to be paid after the settlement of the claim. That may take years to get paid, but it is commonplace to wait, and not directly charge any patient for treatment. So, usually, patients need not worry about the cost of treatments. And, further, it is also common for attorneys to negotiate a reduction in a doctor’s invoice, in the interest of giving the patient some money for their “pain and suffering” related to the auto accident.
How many times should I go to a chiropractor after an accident?
This varies, depending upon the severity of the injuries and the rate of healing. A common range of treatment is six to twelve weeks, but it can be shorter or longer, and is properly determined by the patient’s rate of progress, which can vary considerably. Initially, the treatment frequency will be higher, e.g. three times weekly, and reduce to once every week or two, towards the conclusion of treatment. Other variables also influece this such as competing demands on the patient’s time, distance, clinic hours, etc. Total number of treatments, likewise, varies. Common numbers are twelve to thirty treatments, but always dictated by the rate of improvement.
How soon after a car accident should I see a chiropractor?
You should seek medical care as soon as possible after an auto accident. Going to the hospital emergency department is a good idea. They can provide and initial assessment, take any necessary diagnostic imaging, and prescribe medications for symptomatic relief if you wish. Most patients will not need to take medications, and in my experience most do not want to take them because they want to learn how bad their injuries are. But taking medications is sometimes a good idea to blunt more severe pain. And anti-inflammatory medication can have therapeutic benefit, but so, too, does the inflammatory process, so I don’t encourage patients to take any more medications than they need for their pain.
From a medicolegal interest perspective, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible because insurance companies will use a ploy that if you don’t see a doctor soon after, you don’t have injuries. Sometimes this is unfair because the patient tried, in good faith, to avoid needing to see a doctor for treatment.
Is it safe to see a chiropractor for whiplash?
Chiropractors are probably the most sought after healthcare professional for treatment after an auto accident. So we treat whiplash injuries frequently. And data on auto accident treatment outcomes indicate that chiropractic is safe, effective, and less expensive than receiving treatment from other medical providers.
Most chiropractors use a variety of treatments for whiplash injury patients, from passive modalities, to manipulation, to active therapies. And your chiropractor will communicate with you about the treatments you receive, your response to such treatments, and if you have preferences for one vs. another.
Chiropractors also have some of the least expensive malpractice insurance rates among healthcare providers, which indicates that, ‘’yes”, it is safe to see a chiropractor for whiplash.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Chiropractic adjustments are safe, relative to other medical and healthcare treatments. This is testified by the very low medical malpractice insurance rates that chiropractors pay. Most chiropractors will go their entire career without being sued for malpractice. Of course, as with all treatments from any provider, there are always some risks- more than zero.
The chiropractic adjustment in the unique defining method of chiropractors. But there are a variety of ways in which chiropractors do this, and some don not do adjustments. Some of the ways in which adjustments may be performed include hand held instruments, the chiropractors hands, various tables and blocks, and other machines.
Patients should communicate with their chiropractor about what they like, want, and don’t want, with respect to any method of adjustment the chiropractor may use.
The bottom line is that chiropractic adjustments are safe, relative to other medical interventions and treatments.
Can a chiropractor fix my injury?
Thankfully, the human body has a wonderful innate capacity to heal. The job of a chiropractor or any healthcare provider is to understand the mechanisms of healing and influence or manipulate treatment variables in order to optimize the final treatment outcome in terms of pain and functional abilities. Generally, throughout a professional career doing this, a doctor will become more wise and competent in this objective, including what to do, and what not to do.
Fixing injuries is not the best way to express what happens during a course of treatment. But to keep it simple, it is the combination of the human body’s innate ability to heal, and the contribution of a good chiropractor which enables a chiropractor to fix an injury.
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