What to Do If You Have a Car Accident
Very few things are as stressful as a car accident. That’s why we want you to be prepared
if you do find yourself in a fender bender or more serious situation so you can get the
help you need.
Q: What if my car is barely damaged? Should I still see my chiropractor?
A: The amount of damage to the automobile often bears little relation to the force applied
to the spine and necks of the occupants. So although your car may be relatively
unscathed, you, or your passengers, may have injuries. An injury to soft tissue, such as
whiplash (a common neck injury after an accident), or a joint may not be obvious until
you wake up stiff or in pain the next day. Even if you are just sore, you should get
checked out immediately because you may experience pain, numbness, headaches,
muscle stiffness, fatigue, and other problems including arthritis many months down the
Q: I've been treated by a medical doctor. Do I also need to see my chiropractor?
A: It’s very important to attend to any life-threatening emergency and trauma such as
bleeding or hemorrhage, internal organ damage, broken bones, serious contusions or
abrasions, shock, etc. This is the specialty of the medical profession. However, they
do not check for or treat spinal misalignments in the body caused by the accident. These
misalignments can distort your bone and joint structure and irritate nerves, bones,
ligaments and discs. A chiropractor can check for any misalignments and treat them
before they damage your overall health.
Q: Do I need to pay for this treatment or will my insurance company take care of it?
A: Oregon law requires that every auto policy pay up to $15,000 for medically necessary
treatment that is a result of the auto accident. This treatment includes chiropractic
treatment, massage and physical therapy. The coverage on your policy, personal injury
protection (PIP) is available if you were involved in an auto collision as the driver or
passenger, on a bike or a pe