When you’ve been in an auto accident, there is more that you should be on the lookout for than signs of whiplash. At Well Beings Chiropractic in Lakewood, we see numerous clients who have been in car accidents, and we focus on treating each individual’s symptoms rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach. Each accident is different as is each body, and it’s imperative that chiropractic adjustments account for that.

Some of the auto accident-related injuries that Dr. Jacob Fletcher has treated at Well Beings Chiropractic include whiplash, headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, numbness and tingling.

Clients coming in for an adjustment following an auto accident can expect Dr. Jacob to listen to their explanation of how they were impacted in the collision and details of any physical discomfort they’re feeling, no matter how mild or severe. Even if you aren’t sure how your symptoms could be directly related to your car accident, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t.

13614977_1117851581594448_963593261563736829_nYou may be surprised to know that low-speed fender-benders can cause greater injury than accidents that occur at higher rates of speed. That’s because cars are made to absorb the impact of a collision, but in slow-speed accidents, the impact might not be great enough to crush part of the car and impact is instead transferred to the people inside.

Dr. Jacob encourages people in auto accidents to seek chiropractic care sooner than later. “It is important to get checked right after an accident, as that is the best time to start the healing process,” he says. “Scar tissue starts forming immediately and is best handled within a short time from the initial injury. If it’s not, much bigger problems can occur months or even years later.”

While it may be tempting to wait until uncomfortable symptoms appear before seeking chiropractic care, Colorado makes it easier to get care sooner than later. As of Jan. 1, 2009, most Colorado drivers have $5,000 in medical coverage — or Med Pay — on their auto insurance policy. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, drivers must opt out of the coverage, otherwise it’s automatically added to their policy when buying or renewing. Drivers can choose to purchase a different amount of the coverage, but by default, it is $5,000 per accident.

If you have been in an auto accident, contact us at 303-238-6500 to learn more about how our team at Well Beings Chiropractic can help you get and stay well, and for information on how we work with Med Pay to cover your care.