Many people who are involved in car accidents seek medical care from chiropractors for their personal injuries. Each person’s injuries are different, so the decision as to where to seek medical care after a car accident depends on various factors such as:
- The extent of the injuries. For example, if there are fractures or broken bones, you’ll probably go the emergency room via ambulance from the scene of the collision and follow up with an orthopedic doctor. If there’s a head injury that causes headaches or a traumatic brain injury, then it would be advisable to seek emergency car and follow up with a neurologist. On the other hand, if the injuries are “soft tissue,” meaning they are largely muscular and involve the pain caused by whiplash, then seeking care from a chiropractor or a primary care physician is probably okay.
- Whether there is health insurance. If there is health insurance available to cover treatment for injuries related to the accident, absent a catastrophic or emergent injury, then starting with a primary care physician is probably ideal way to obtain treatment. Chiropractors normally work on a “lien” basis, where they get paid on the back end of the settlement. Any time you have available health insurance to cover the cost of medical care, no matter what kind of provider you use, it is better than treating on a lien care basis because using your health insurance will more than likely allow you to maximize your recovery.