It is not uncommon to feel sore after being involved in a car accident. After all, your body just went through some intense trauma. It is still a great idea to go to the Emergency Room even if you have no visible injuries that require hospitalization after a car accident. This is to make sure there are no broken bones or concussions. Despite being given the all clear from the hospital, you could still wake up in pain. The neck is a very sensitive part of your body and spine. Many individuals involved in car crashes experience neck pain and back pain. This is called whiplash.
Why Whiplash Hurts Your Neck
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury. This type of injury is not directly visible. Your spine is pushed and thrown out in unnatural ways during this type of trauma. Additionally, there can be many micro tears in muscle tissue. In a car accident you have about 2,000 pounds of exponential force being pushed through your body. It is this extreme force that is the main cause of whiplash and spinal misalignment. It can also occur on roller coasters or high contact sports.
How To Treat Your Neck Pain After A Car Accident
The best way to treat your neck whiplash injury is to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in the spine. They realign your spine and treat soft tissue injuries without the use of drugs. They use manual spinal adjustments. A chiropractic adjustment involves the chiropractor pushing your spine into the correct position with their hands.
Do not attempt to crack your back at home or have a family member assist you. Chiropractors are professional doctors trained to adjust your spine. If you attempt it yourself, you could end up with further injury.
When your spine is misaligned the ligaments and joints push on your muscles in unnatural ways. Additionally, if your spine lacks its natural curves this can also cause pain in your neck and back.
Seek Care For Your Neck Pain After Car Accident ASAP
It is vital that you seek a chiropractic consultation as soon as you can following a car accident. When whiplash and spinal misalignment go untreated, chronic pain, arthritis, and other joint conditions can develop over time. The sooner you get treated, the less likely long term neck pain will interfere with your health.
Why Choose RxWellness Spine & Health
The doctors at RxWellness Spine & Health specialize in treating car accident injuries like neck pain, back pain, and whiplash. They take advanced training in order to provide the best patient care.
In addition to chiropractic care, our clinics use a variety of other natural therapies including: massage therapy, exercise/physical therapy, decompression, dry needling, and cupping.
Our patients’ care plans are customized to their needs and therapies are suggested based on your consultation with our doctors.
RxWellness uses state of the art equipment. For example, our doctors take in house digital x rays in order to show the patient exactly where their injury lies.
Not At Fault? You may qualify for no out of pocket expenses
If you were not at fault in the auto accident, you may not have to pay for your neck pain treatment out of pocket.
What we need is the claim number from the liable party and their car insurance company information. This includes the name of the company, claim number, and telephone number to call.
Med-Pay/Medical Expense Benefit/PIP
If you are struggling to get the liable party insurance information, you can also use Med-Pay. This can also be known as PIP. Med-Pay is a medical expense benefit under YOUR car insurance plan. Call your car insurance company to see what your Med-Pay benefits include.
In addition to medical expense coverage through car insurance, patients can also use their health insurance. Bring your health insurance card to your appointment and our staff will check your chiropractic benefits.
If your car accident case has complications, our clinics work with trusted attorneys. Ask the doctor at your consultation who they recommend to represent you.
Don’t wait to make your chiropractic appointment for your neck pain. Call our office today at 703-904-9666 option 1* or request an appointment online.
Our office locations are located throughout Northern Virginia in Herndon, Arlington, and Tysons Corner.