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Car Accident Blog

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After a car accident your priority should be to get effective medical treatment for your injuries, and that starts with an especially important first visit.  Here are some tips to make sure you pick the best clinic to make that appointment.

  1. ONLINE REVIEWS

 Check the google reviews for the chiropractor.  Online reviews are a great way to see what others are saying about the clinic you are searching.  If the reviews look good, move on to their website.

  1. MULTIPLE TREATMENT OPTIONS

Look through the chiropractor’s website.  Do they offer therapies alongside the adjustment?  Most commonly in car accidents a patient will sustain sprain and strain injuries (whiplash) to the neck or back.  To truly heal the damaged tissue therapies such as massage, electric muscle stim, cupping, and guided therapeutic exercise.  You will want to find a clinic that offers all of these to get the best treatment possible and minimize chances of chronic issues.

  1. X-RAY

Also on the website, can you tell if the chiropractor has the ability to take X-ray?  X-rays help the doctor determine what kind of chiropractic adjustment is safe and effective for you, as well as damage that may have been done in the accident.  If you do not see this on the website you can ask if they have X-ray by calling the office.

  1. CALL THE OFFICE

Give the office a call.  If there are any questions after looking at their website, go ahead and ask!  Some great questions to ask would include –

  1. Does your chiropractor have experience with car accident injuries?
  2. Do you work with Personal Injury Cases often?

When on the phone you will be able to get a good sense of how the clinic’s staff treats their patients.  Are they friendly and welcoming to questions, or do they seem annoyed and too busy to help?

 

What to Expect the First Visit

When you make an appointment with a chiropractor, their first visit should take about an hour.  This will include intake paperwork asking detailed questions about the car accident followed by a consultation and exam with the doctor.  You should feel the doctor has taken the time to know what happened and how it is affecting you.  They should be able to fully explain your injuries and give you a timeline of expected recovery.

In Minnesota, people in car accidents have the benefit of being in a no-fault state.  This means that whether the car accident was your fault or someone else, you are covered for medical care.  The chiropractor’s front desk employee should be able to help answer questions on your insurance benefits, help guide you on opening a case, and making sure your visits are covered.

If you are in the Hopkins, St Louis Park, Edina, or Golden Valley area and have questions about chiropractic care and car accident injuries, please give us a call. 952-943-2584

 

 - Dr. Julie Hauring

HealthSource Chiropractic of Hopkins

724 Mainstreet, Hopkins MN 55343