What to Do After an Auto Accident In Austin TX
Have you been in an auto accident? Are you unsure of what your next steps should be? If you haven't been obviously injured, it does not mean you haven't been injured at all. There are all kinds of soft tissue injuries that are common in car accidents, and the signs and symptoms of most of them do not start to show up until a few days after the accident.
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury caused by car accidents, but there are others. You will soon start to feel soreness and stiffness in your muscles, your range of motion may diminish, you may get some inflammation in the injured area, and you might eventually experience severe and long-lasting pain there. Of course, this is what can happen if you don't take the appropriate first step after a car accident that doesn't involve an obvious injury.
If you have been in a car accident, but don't seem to be injured, don't take the chance that the symptoms of soft tissue injuries will sneak up on you. Instead, do the correct, proactive thing, and contact a chiropractor right away.
How Can a Chiropractor Help After an Auto Accident?
A chiropractor is an expert in diagnosing and treating soft tissue injuries. Immediately after your car accident, once you've talked to the police and your insurance company, whether you were the at-fault party or the victim, call a chiropractor. If you live in Austin, you will want to call Whitehead Chiropractic. Get in there before any symptoms of a potential soft tissue injury manifest themselves, and you may save yourself a ton of pain and suffering down the line.
Your chiropractor will take x-rays of your spine, test your range of motion, examine you for painful areas, look at the way you stand and walk, and feel for any inflammation. Tight or tense muscles can also be pinpointed, as well as any muscle swelling, bruising, or painful movement. The x-rays will show if any of your vertebrae were thrown out of alignment by the accident.
Once your chiropractor knows what your issues are, treatment can begin before the symptoms appear. Treatment will depend on your particular injury, and may involve chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy, or other treatments. The important thing is that you will be taking a proactive step toward healing at the beginning, when it's easiest to heal fully and well.
What to Do Next: Schedule Your Initial Auto Accident Evaluation
Contact our office and make an appointment for your initial exam, evaluation, consultation, and treatment. We can work with your insurance to get your accident claim processed, too, so your whole experience with us will be as easy on you as possible. Remember, when you come to us, you are putting your health and wellness in experienced, caring, compassionate, and highly skilled hands, and we won't let you down, ever.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Whitehead Chiropractic family. You can reach us at:
5775 Airport Blvd., #300
Austin, TX 78752