Auto Accident Injuries FAQs
If you have recently been in a car accident, you may be wondering how chiropractic care can effectively manage the back pain, whiplash pain, headaches, or migraines you may be experiencing following the accident. Below, our chiropractor in Scottsdale answers your most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care for car accidents.
#1: Is a chiropractor a qualified injury doctor?
Yes, our chiropractor in Scottsdale, Dr. Secrest, is qualified to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries, including whiplash injuries. Dr. Secrest has more than a decade of experience treating patients for common auto accident injuries, including back pain from a herniated disc, neck pain from whiplash injuries, headaches and migraines, and other chronic pain conditions.
#2: I have already been to the hospital; do I really need to see a chiropractor?
Yes, even if you have been to the hospital, you can still benefit from a diagnostic exam with our chiropractor. The care you receive during a hospital visit is designed to treat the symptoms of your accident injury pain. Chiropractic care treats the underlying cause; without chiropractic adjustments, you may still continue to experience recurring pain from musculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractic care is an important part of the recovery process following an accident injury.
#3: I am already receiving treatment from my doctor; can Dr. Secrest still treat me?
Our chiropractor in Scottsdale follows a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Dr. Secrest not only looks for structural conditions that can be treated by chiropractic care, but he is also vigilant in observing additional abnormalities that may be better addressed by a medical physician or holistic healthcare provider. By working closely with other health care providers, we provide comprehensive pain management and injury rehabilitation.
#4: Who pays for my accident injury treatment?
In general, the insurance company for the at-fault driver will cover the cost of your treatment. It is important that you receive a full diagnostic evaluation before settling with your insurance company. Otherwise, if you try to claim coverage for pain that is not diagnosed prior to settling, you may be denied reimbursement. Our chiropractor in Scottsdale works closely with insurance companies to ensure all our patients receive fair reimbursement for the care they deserve.
#5: What if I feel like I only have minor pain?
Even if you feel like you only have minor pain, it is still a good idea to receive a full chiropractic evaluation. Many musculoskeletal injuries, including whiplash, do not immediately cause severe pain. In fact, it may be several weeks before the onset of chronic pain. A prompt diagnostic exam will ensure your injuries are fully diagnosed and treatment can begin before the onset of more serious pain or health problems.
#6: Should I see an attorney before I see my chiropractor?
We advise patients of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills to meet with their attorneys follow car accidents. If you do not have an attorney, our chiropractor in Scottsdale is happy to refer you to a reputable personal injury attorney with a specialty in car accidents.