A car accident can be a major burden on someone’s life. Some people may not know what they should do after being in a car accident. After getting everything squared away with your insurance company and collecting the other persons information, one of the next things on the list should be to consult with a medical doctor or chiropractor.
A lot of people tend to put this off because they don’t feel any amount of pain or tension right away. That is because the initial shock to your body has not worn off yet, and this is holding back the pain symptoms that most likely will arise later. Getting in to see a doctor can jumpstart the treatment process right away so that once you do start to feel something, there isn’t a delay in getting in to see someone for relief. Symptoms can present themselves anywhere from right away, to even months post-accident. A good piece of advice would be to not settle your claim until at least 2-3 months have passed without any pain symptoms.
Massage therapy is one of the best forms of treatment you can receive after a car accident. After going through a sudden trauma, having your body jolted by the impact, your muscles go into ‘protect mode’. They clamp down and tighten in the areas affected. Neck and back pain (whiplash) is by far the most common complaint, but any area of the body can be affected. Massage helps to relax these muscles and restore them back to their original state. This includes lengthening shortened muscles to restore flexibility, releasing any trigger points that may have developed, relief from pain symptoms, headaches, nerve compression, numbness, muscle spasm, and much more. Depending on the severity of the accident, and also on the person because everyone responds differently, treatment can take months, sometimes years. Unfortunately, in some cases, people end up with chronic conditions that they have to get care for the rest of their lives. I treat many people who were in car accidents years ago that has left them with lingering issues.
In the state of Oregon your car insurance will cover your medical bills for up to 1 year after the accident under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits that come with your insurance plan, as long as the treatment is considered to be medically necessary. A referral from a doctor is required for massage therapy treatment because they must do an assessment of the injured person in order to clear them for massage. They need to rule out any internal or external injuries that could have been caused by the accident that would not allow for massage to be done right away. A massage therapist will work closely with your medical doctor throughout the treatment process.
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