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What Questions Should I Ask My Chiropractor After a Car Accident?

A car accident can be a frightening, frustrating, and downright confusing experience, especially if you suffered an injury that is serious enough to require chiropractic care and physical therapy rehabilitation. Before agreeing to receive care from a doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or other health care provider, it is imperative to interview potential candidates to help choose the right type of care necessary to make a full recovery from injury.

The following are several important questions to ask chiropractors following a car accident:

  1. What are my treatment options? – While doctors often prescribe pain medication to deal with the symptoms of your injury, they may refer you to a chiropractor or physical therapist for additional care. While chiropractor uses their hands to adjust and realign your body after a car crash, physical therapists use stretches and fitness to strengthen areas of the body. When both types of care are intertwined, this can significantly help restore the body. So before visiting each candidate, learn what treatment options are available to you.
  2. What techniques do you use? – While some chiropractors are proficient in only one form, others practice several more. You must understand that only one technique may not be effective enough to treat or relieve your particular injury. Ensure the chiropractor you see has training in various types of techniques and use them according to their patient’s specific condition.
  3. Do you take x-rays? – X-rays can help chiropractors determine the condition of your discs and joints, which can also help them obtain an estimate of how long and how much care a patient should receive, as well as specific techniques that can be effective. Without an x-ray, how could a chiropractor really determine how to treat your condition? Make sure to seek a chiropractor who takes x-rays.
  4. Will my insurance cover chiropractic care? – This is considered the most common question when seeking treatment. If your car accident was caused by a negligent driver, his/her insurance provider will cover either a portion or all of your medical expenses associated with the crash, including your chiropractic care. However, this compensation is typically recovered when the case is resolved, so ongoing medical care may need to be initially covered by your own insurance company before obtaining reimbursement from the at-fault party. Some auto insurance policies do cover these injuries, so be sure to check yours.
  5. Do you have payment plans? – If your insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care, do not worry. Many clinics offer low-installment payment plans, allowing patients to recover without stressing over the finances.

At QualCare Rehabilitation, our team is comprised of doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other pain management professionals to help our patients make the best recovery possible from injury after a car accident. Contact us and schedule an appointment to learn about our experienced ability to improve the quality of life of our patients.