It can be difficult to know the right steps to take after a car accident. Here are some general suggestions from Nick Rinard Physical Therapy:
1) Call your insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible, and definitely within 48 hours. If you are experiencing ANY pain, tell them. Even if you don’t end up needing much medical care, it’s important to tell them everything and anything that feels different after the accident.
2) See a doctor and get help early. If you’re like most people you may want to wait to see a doctor because you think you’ll get better on your own. You may get better on your own, but if you don’t, waiting to see a doctor may affect your ability to get medical care under your car accident claim. A trip to your primary care doctor or an urgent care facility is all it takes to legitimize your injuries. Getting care early also will minimize your overall healing time.
3) REST! This is by far the most difficult and most important part of healing after an accident. Give your body time to recover properly.
4) Pain is not normal. Just because a large amount of people experience neck or back pain after a car accident does NOT make it normal. These ailments can be helped tremendously with basic treatment such as physical therapy. You have the right to have your injuries treated, and you have the right to go to any doctor or provider that you choose for help.
If your injuries require physical therapy, call Nick Rinard Physical Therapy today!