Car Accident Injury & Whiplash Treatment in San Carlos, CA
Being involved in a car accident is traumatic to your body. The sudden, uncontrolled force of impact can cause injuries which may not become obvious until days, weeks, months, or years after the event. Our chiropractor Dr. Matthew Rivera at Rivera Chiropractic Group in San Carlos, CA can help you and your body heal from the effects of a car accident.
The Effects of a Car Accident on Your Body
- A front impact will throw you backward, causing injury to your legs, chest, face, head, and neck
- A side impact will throw you sideways, causing injury to your abdomen, legs, chest, head, neck, and internal organs
- A rear impact will throw you forward, causing injury to your neck, head, legs, torso, and arms
The Most Common Types of Injuries from a Car Accident
Whiplash is one of the most common types of car accident injuries, caused by your neck being suddenly “whipped” from side to side. Muscle strain from this action can cause severe neck pain. Other injuries include muscle, tendon, and ligament strains and sprains, and broken bones.
Chiropractic Treatment for Car Accident Injuries
Our chiropractor will begin with a thorough physical examination and evaluation of your injuries, which may include imaging studies. Depending on your injuries, your chiropractor may recommend:
- Gentle hand adjustments, to help realign your spine
- Therapeutic massage, to help relax tense muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Electric muscle stimulation, to help loosen tight muscles
- Ice and heat therapies, to help reduce swelling and pain
- Therapeutic ultrasound, to boost circulation and promote healing
- Therapeutic exercises, to help build strength, mobility, and flexibility
- Mechanical traction, to help realign bones and lengthen tense muscles
Insurance Coverage for Car Accident Injuries
If you have medpay on your auto policy, your treatment will be covered. If you don’t have medpay but the accident wasn’t your fault, your doctor can refer you to an attorney to get your treatment covered. If you don’t have medpay and the accident was your fault, treatment needs to be considered an out-of-pocket cost to you.