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How soon after an auto accident should you see a chiropractor?

It may be sooner than you think. 

Auto accidents can be a traumatic and stressful experience for anyone involved. Whether the accident was minor or severe, the aftermath can often leave individuals with physical, financial, and emotional trauma. It is important to seek medical attention immediately after an auto accident, including seeing a chiropractor. Especially one that is a Board-Certified Orthopedic specialist with 15 years of experience in working with car wreck victims like Dr. Jeff Williams here at Creek Stone Integrated Care.

It is recommended to schedule a visit within a few days of the accident.  

 

Why Should You See a Chiropractor Soon After an Auto Accident?

Seeing an evidence-based, patient-centered chiropractor soon after an auto accident is important because they are trained to identify and treat these injuries. They can also provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help you recover faster and more effectively.

First, it is important to understand the types of injuries that can occur in an auto accident. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a car crash, and it occurs when the head and neck are suddenly and violently jerked forward and backward. This can cause strain and damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck and upper back. Not only that but whiplash can also cause minor traumatic brain injury as well. It's a big deal!

When this injury occurs, the body's natural response is to protect itself by tightening the muscles and reducing movement. This can lead to stiffness, pain, and a limited range of motion. A chiropractor can help alleviate these symptoms and promote healing by using various techniques, including manual adjustments, spinal manipulation, prescribing targeted and specific exercises, and soft tissue therapy. 

 

How Often Should I See A Chiropractor After An Accident?

The frequency of chiropractic visits after an auto accident will depend on your injuries' severity and recovery process. However, your chiropractor will be able to guide you to the perfect schedule to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Dr. Williams acheived Advanced Certification in Whiplash Biomechanics and Traumatology and can absolutely get you headed in the right direction. 

During your first visit, your chiropractor will evaluate your injuries and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

In the first few days after the accident, it is recommended to schedule daily or every other day visits, this helps to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling. As you start to heal and improve, your chiropractor may recommend less frequent visits, such as once a week or every two weeks.

The length of time you will need to see a chiropractor will depend on the severity of your injuries and your recovery process. However, most patients typically see a chiropractor for several weeks. Sometimes, patients may need to continue seeing a chiropractor for ongoing treatment and maintenance.

It's important to remember that every person is different and recovery time will vary based on the individual, so it's best to follow your chiropractor's recommendations and instructions for care. They will be able to provide you with a clear idea of how long you should expect to be in treatment and will adjust your treatment plan as needed to help you recover as quickly and effectively as possible.   

The sooner treatment is started, the better the recovery. Early intervention can help to prevent the development of chronic pain, which can be much more difficult to treat. Additionally, a chiropractor can work with other healthcare providers, such as medical doctors and physical therapists, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your injuries and helps you recover as quickly and fully as possible. In fact, here at Creek Stone Integrated Medical, you get the best of both worlds. You get chiropractic care but you also get medical treatment as well with our Nurse Practitioner. 

When you see a chiropractor for treatment after an auto accident, it is important to be honest and forthcoming about your symptoms and any other medical conditions you may have. This will help the chiropractor to develop a treatment plan that is safe and effective for you. 

For patients that are excellent team members and stick to the plan provided for them, recovery is faster and more complete. In addition, due to car insurance, and sometimes having attorney representation, there is no typically little to zero money required from the patient themselves so there is no reason to not make sure you're OK. 

Put the experts to work. Call us at 806-355-3000 and let's get you seen adn taken care of. 

 

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Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP, FMS is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, Certified in Functional Movement Systems, expert witness in personal injury cases, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  

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Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP

Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP

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