If you’ve been in an accident and think you may suffer from whiplash, seek medical treatment right away. Not only is it important to receive whiplash treatment, but it is also important to begin medical documentation on an injury sustained from an accident as soon as possible for legal reasons.
Many who are injured in an accident seek to file an injury claim, and medical documentation supporting the presence of an injury and treatments provided is key to submitting a thorough report.
How Does Whiplash Happen?
When the head and neck are jolted back and forth so suddenly, the muscles and tendons in the neck can become strained as they are stretched beyond their normal range, which can even result in tears in these bands of tissue.
A concussion is also likely to accompany a diagnosis of whiplash, so it is important to seek medical treatment right away. Speak with your doctor if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort after the accident, especially in the neck and head areas, such as headaches, tenderness in the neck and shoulders, stiffness in the neck and back, and any abnormal pain.
Getting the Right Care and Documentation
After an accident, proper medical documentation of whiplash is critical for your case. Seeing an experience car accident doctor ensures you’ll receive quality, reasonable care-related specifically to your case with the required documentation to back it up.
Treatments vary depending on the presenting symptoms and severity of whiplash. Trustworthy doctors will only run tests and prescribe treatments that are appropriate to your specific circumstances.
At AICA, we have significant experience in providing whiplash treatment, and work with our patients to provide comprehensive medical documentation for the injury claim. If you are pursuing an injury claim, your lawyer will likely encourage you to include medical documentation of the injury in order to bolster the legitimacy of your case. Without it, your case may be unsuccessful.
What If I Didn’t Know I Had Whiplash?
It is not uncommon for whiplash symptoms to present themselves a few days later. In the event of a car accident, for example, your adrenaline is pumping, and your body is in self-preservation mode, so it may not clearly communicate symptoms of pain and injury until later when you have had the chance to calm down and better assess your physiological response.
If you experienced a sudden movement, such as a jerking or jolting sensation of the head and neck, you may have whiplash. This type of strain can lead to chronic pain and discomfort if left untreated. Seek medical care from a doctor as soon after the injury as possible to assess any potential damage.
How We Treat Whiplash at AICA Orthopedics
At AICA Orthopedics, our medical team of orthopedic doctors and injury doctors are highly trained and skilled in working with whiplash and other musculoskeletal injuries. Our doctors provide a thorough and complete diagnostic workup to ensure all areas have been addressed, from muscles, tendons, the spine, the nervous system, and pain symptoms.
Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that addresses their specific presenting symptoms and diagnosis. Treatment for minor whiplash injuries may include icing the area and prescribed medications, while more moderate to severe whiplash treatment may require massaging the affected muscles or a neck brace to stabilize the area.
The AICA Difference
The medical team at AICA Orthopedics is proud to offer comprehensive, multi-specialty services to our patients all under one roof. We have a car accident clinic for patients who have specifically experienced whiplash or another injury due to an auto accident.
Our highly skilled and licensed doctors have the experience and training necessary to treat whiplash in a variety of specialties, including orthopedic doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, and a surgical team.
We also offer in-house advanced diagnostic imaging tests so you can meet with a variety of doctors and schedule an MRI or CT scan all in one building. We are dedicated to serving our patients and providing quality care so you can experience healthy living again as soon as possible.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and receive an individualized treatment plan for whiplash today.