When you are in a car accident, there are a lot of things that can happen immediately after, and for several months and years, that can literally change your life. It’s important to know what to expect so you can properly plan for your future, and get the help and medical care that you need to recover as much as possible. Unfortunately there are some common myths and misunderstandings out there that can make accident recovery more difficult.
Myth: People who have an injury after a car accident are just faking it.
Truth: The majority of people who suffer from an injury after an accident are actually suffering. Insurance companies might try to suggest that you did not actually suffer from any harm, but often that is to reduce their liability and the amount they will need to pay for treatment. The most common injuries suffered are to the head, neck, spine/back, or extremities like ankles, knees, hips and wrists—the places that feel the most impact when two vehicles weighing thousands of pounds collide at high speeds.
If you feel pain or have some lingering issues after a car accident, it’s critical that you get it treated as quickly as possible to diagnose and address any potential problems. Giving in to the stereotype and avoiding treatment so as not to be seen as someone faking an injury could actually cause more problems if your condition worsens over time. In some cases that condition may be treatable in the early stages, or getting early treatment could lessen the impact later in your life.
Myth: Going to the chiropractor after an accident is a waste of time
Truth: If you were in an accident and broke a bone in your arm, you would go to a hospital or urgent care clinic, get a cast on the broken bone, and receive a settlement or reimbursement to cover the costs.
With chiropractic care, treatment is often for injuries that are not easily visible. These injuries to joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves are very real for the person who is suffering, but harder to quantify in terms of having hard evidence. Sometimes that makes it harder to get your insurance to cover the injury, but it’s important that you get proper chiropractic care and can show that it was for an injury suffered during the car accident. It’s also important that you get the care as soon as you feel pain or discomfort.
Chiropractors are the best care professionals suited for these types of injuries, so if you have an injury involving soft tissues—especially one from a car accident—see a chiropractor right away.
Myth: Car accident injuries often go away on their own within a few weeks
Truth: Some injuries may go away on their own, but that doesn’t mean all of them will resolve without proper treatment, or will resolve in a specific amount of time. In addition, not all car accident-related injuries are immediately obvious right after the accident. If you feel pain in your neck, back, hips, joints, and other areas following an accident, it’s important to seek treatment from a chiropractor who can work to help alleviate the pain. Without proper treatment, some injuries can linger for years and cause ongoing, residual pain that can impact many areas of your life.
Don’t wait to get treatment following a car accident—often the choice to see a chiropractor early on in the process can help you heal better and faster than if you decided to wait and try to heal on your own, find auto injury treatments that can help you recover properly.