Therapy for Auto Accidents

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Therapy for Auto Accidents

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are Highly Effective After an Auto Accident

Goetz with CaptionAn automobile accident, even a small one, has the potential to cause serious physical pain and emotional trauma to those involved. Chiropractic can help restore the body to the condition it was in before an accident, while massage and other physical therapies will help to relieve the pain, both physical and psychological. Some common auto accident injuries that can be addressed with chiropractic and physical therapies include:

 

 

  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal disc injuries
  • Pain in the neck and back
  • Pain in the extremities

Chiropractic Care After and Auto Accident

An auto accident can cause a misalignment in the spine, which can in turn affect the functioning of the nervous system and lead to negative consequences for the entire body. Even if these symptoms do not manifest immediately, it is important to have a thorough examination after any accident, regardless of how seemingly harmless it is. Chiropractors are specialists of the spine and can reestablish the proper alignment of the spine and restore its normal function. The manual manipulations performed by a chiropractor put the spine back into alignment, allowing the nervous system to perform as intended. Chiropractic adjustments can also provide immediate relief from the pain associated with whiplash and spinal disc injuries. Both of these conditions are caused by misalignments in the spine.

Physical Therapy Provides a Range of Benefits

The various physical therapies available generally serve one of three goals:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase strength

At Advance Health Services we employ a number of physical therapy modalities to help our patients quickly recover from their accident injuries. Some of the most common and highly effective therapies we use are:

  • Ultrasound
  • Electric muscle stimulation (EMS)
  • Micro-current
  • Cervical and lumbar traction
  • Paraffin

Massage Combats Muscle Spasm and Inflammation

Many auto accident injuries, including whiplash, can involve inflammation of the muscles and muscle spasms in addition to pain and soreness. Massage is an excellent therapy for these symptoms, especially when used alongside chiropractic and other physical therapies. Along with relieving pain, massage can make joints more pliable, which aides in chiropractic spinal manipulations.

If you have been in an auto accident, you owe it to yourself to visit Advance Health Services, even if you don’t believe you were injured. Our chiropractors, and physical and massage therapists, are well equipped to help you recover and get your body back to its pre-accident condition. Call us today to schedule your first consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Chiropractic and Personal Injury

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Chiropractic and Personal Injury

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chiropractors are Your Best Bet After an Auto Accident

Goetz with CaptionInterestingly, the last 15 years has seen a rise in population and the number of vehicles on the road alongside a decline in the number of yearly fatal traffic accidents. Corresponding with this has been a decrease in the severity of injuries and the frequency of nationwide insurance claims for injuries from auto accidents. Today in the US chiropractors treat 33% of all auto accident injuries. This makes perfect sense since 65% of all automobile accidents involve some combination of musculo-skeletal injuries and strains and sprains of the spine. Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to treat these injuries as their training makes them specialists in soft tissue injuries damage.

A victim of an automobile accident injury has two priorities: to receive good medical treatment that will provide fast relief from pain and disability and to insure that the medical treatment is paid for. The use of chiropractic as your primary medical treatment after a car accident can help with both of these issues. A chiropractor can provide effective treatment of your injuries and support you with the presentation of your claim to your insurance company.

Effective Treatment of Injuries

Serious injuries require intensive treatment, so during the beginning phases of your treatment you will likely be scheduled to visit your chiropractor as many as three times a week. Spinal adjustments and physical rehabilitation provide cumulative effects so it is important to keep these appointments in order to feel better faster. As treatment proceeds, visits become less frequent but may continue for many weeks or even months.

The combination of manual chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy such as massage, hot and cold therapy, electric muscle stimulation and others work to provide fast relief from accident related pain. Being a non-invasive discipline, chiropractic is also often combined with therapeutic exercise to strengthen muscles and speed up the healing process. Patients of chiropractic generally start to experience relief from their injuries after just one visit. All of this makes chiropractic an excellent alternative to the traditional approach which often involves surgery and pain medication, both of which come with their own downsides.

Support for Your Claim

Many attorneys know that chiropractors can not only help accidents victims heal quickly, but will also act as advocates to help patients get fair compensation from their insurance company for those medical bills. Many chiropractors base their business on personal injury and are well versed in the intricacies of insurance claims and accident litigation. A good chiropractor will have an open channel of communication with an accident victim’s attorney, providing timely reports and updates of the patient’s progress. A chiropractor’s final report includes information about pain experienced, the effectiveness of treatment provided and any lasting effects that the patient will experience as a result of the automobile accident. All of this information is invaluable to a lawyer putting together a claim to obtain fair compensation, and possibly damages, for their client.

Advance Health Services is an excellent choice for auto accident injury treatment. Aside from our various health services, we treat many auto accident victims, providing them with relief from their injuries and helping them with their insurance claims. If you have been in an accident call us right away to set up your first visit.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Understanding PIP

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Understanding PIP

Chris Goetz - Saturday, March 26, 2016

Understanding “No-Fault” and Personal Injury Protection

Goetz with CaptionLike eleven other US states, Florida is a no-fault insurance state. What that means is that a driver’s auto insurance will cover certain costs, primarily their bodily injuries and those of their passengers, regardless of who is at fault in the accident. In essence, the no-fault law makes each driver responsible for their own injuries and places an insurance requirement on all drivers. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage – sometimes called no-fault insurance – kicks in as soon as an accident occurs with no need to determine fault ahead of receiving medical care.

No-fault laws were enacted in twelve US states in an effort to curb the number of auto accident related lawsuits heard by the courts. The laws are controversial as some believe that they restrict a victims’ rights to file a lawsuit. In response, all twelve no-fault states have passed laws to address this issue.

How PIP Works

In Florida Personal Injury Protection policies pay 80% of medical bills up to $10,000, including those of your passengers’. In addition, PIP will pay up to 60% of wages lost due to injuries suffered in an accident. As one can imagine, this is not always enough to cover medical expenses, let alone lost wages. If there are additional medical bills after the PIP coverage runs out, it would be covered by additional insurance policies, if you have them. If the other driver is at fault, then there is the option to attempt to recover additional medical costs from the other driver and their insurance company. Believe it or not, depending on their coverage, this may require hiring an attorney and going to court.

The Benefits of PIP Coverage

The primary benefit of Personal Injury Protection coverage is that it activates immediately. Following a serious, or even just stressful, auto accident there is no need to worry about who is at fault or who will pay the medical bills. The payments for medical expenses and lost wages are generally made rapidly, and the injured only needs to deal with their own insurance company. It is important to realize that a single visit to a hospital emergency room could conceivably exhaust a PIP policy. Sometimes there is no choice, and by no means should one avoid going to the hospital immediately if they have suffered serious injuries. In other cases it may be beneficial to visit a medical doctor or chiropractor for care, many of which will see patients immediately.

Having Personal Injury Protection coverage will also help if the policy holder is injured in an automobile accident when they are not driving. A pedestrian or bicycle rider can make a claim against their PIP policy if they are struck by a car.

At Advance Health Services we provide care and rehabilitative services to auto accident victims every day. If you are involved in an accident of any kind, call us to find out how we can help you recover.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.