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Do you treat Auto Accident Injuries?

Do you accept all auto insurances?

How Long Do I Have To See a Doctor After An Auto Accident? 
Florida’s PIP law requires that you report any injury after an accident before 14 days pass, effective since January 1st, 2013. Seeking treatment after the 14 days means that you will not be reimbursed for any medical treatment by your insurance company, so it’s important to call 813-973-4747 as soon as possible, so you don’t lose any of your benefits.

What is PIP?
Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is a portion of your auto insurance that covers medical expenses, regardless of who is at fault. Florida’s law requires policyholders to carry PIP in their policy in order to provide drivers with up to $10,000 in immediate medical coverage to avoid establishing fault through the court system.

What does PIP cover?
PIP insurance covers the following in case of an accident-related injury:

  • Medical expenses: hospital bills, dental and optometric treatment, ambulance bills, treatment and medication.
  • Lost wages: time away from work due to any injuries Substitute services: in some cases, if you are incapable of doing your daily duties, such as caring for your children or cleaning, PIP can help pay for nursing care or cleaning help.

PIP insurance pays for 80% of your medical bills, for a total of up to $10,000. The rest of the expenses are out-of-pocket, unless recovered by the third-party (at-fault driver). But be cautious – PIP benefits are only available if you seek help within 14 days of the date of accident. Waiting past the deadline strips away those benefits.

I have little or no pain after my accident, should I still get an exam at your office?
Research shows that you can have injuries that do not surface until days, weeks, months or even years after the accident. It makes sense to have a thorough chiropractic exam after ANY injury.

Do you think I should hire an attorney?
If you were the victim of a car accident, retaining an experienced personal injury attorney could be extremely advantageous. 

An attorney can protect your legal rights and fight for your deserved settlement.

Although it is not necessary to get an attorney, the insurance companies hire powerful firms to represent them, leaving the unrepresented party at a great disadvantage. 

Most auto accident attorneys do not charge any upfront fees and will cover your medical bills and treatment until you receive your settlement. These are just some of the benefits hiring a lawyer can bring. We will also recommend attorneys that specialize in car accidents that patients have had good experiences with.

What are some common symptoms after a car accident?
No two accidents are the same therefore no two injuries are the same. Many patients experience headaches, neck, back and shoulder pain and stiffness in the days following the accident. While stiffness may not seem to serious, it can be the symptom of a more serious underlying injury. Our team of chiropractors, medical doctors and physical therapists are here to help diagnose and treat your injuries. If you have any type of health concerns please call our office right now at 813-973-4747.

When should I make an appointment?
Please call our office and we will do our best to get you in that day. Call 813-973-4747 and we can help get you scheduled and answer any questions you may have.

Why Should I See a Chiropractor After Being Hurt in a Car Accident? 
We recommend that every individual hit in a car accident should see a doctor regardless of the presence of pain.

Most injuries take some time to set in and it is better to be safe than sorry.

So, see a doctor for your own health and well-being to make sure you are not injured, or to treat injuries that have already presented themselves. 

It is also crucial to see a doctor if you expect to file a claim against the negligent driver and have their insurance company pay for your medical bills.

Why Did My Pain and Injury Symptoms Not Appear Until Days After the Accident?
Many people do not experience pain immediately following their accident, even if they did suffer a serious injury that will require treatment.

This is due to the release of adrenaline and other hormones that mask the pain for a short period of time.

This is why it is so important to take initiative and seek medical treatment despite the presence of pain and injury symptoms following your accident.

Your body produced a ton of adrenaline to help you cope with the trauma of the car accident and when that adrenaline fades, the pain will set in and you better hope it is not too late to see a doctor and be compensated for your necessary treatments.

How Long Will I Need to Receive Treatment?
There is no exact amount of time that a patient will need to receive treatment.

Each individual's accident and injuries are different and the longevity of their treatment is dependent on the severity of their condition.

Some accident injury victims suffer permanent injuries that will require treatment for the rest of their lives, and some crash victims suffer minor injuries that only require a few back and neck adjustments to get everything re-aligned and back to optimum functioning level. 

We use a multispecialty approach in office for your treatment and have a outside network of other specialists we refer to when indicated. These specialists include orthopedics, nuerosurgeons, nuerologist and pain management doctors.

Who Will Pay For My Medical Bills and Other Damages?
If you were not at fault in the accident, the careless driver who caused the wreck should be responsible for all of your medical bills, damages, and other miscellaneous expenses. Your PIP insurance, regardless of fault, will pay for the first $10,000 in treatment typically.

In order to protect your legal rights, be sure you follow all of the necessary steps, like gathering evidence from the scene of the accident, obtaining a police report, scheduling an appointment with a doctor or chiropractor, and contacting an attorney for legal advice. 

What types of pain do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health as our core body structure affects overall function and health.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint not moving properly or “locked up.” The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellness.

Do adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment. Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort promote healing.

Are adjustments safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?
The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. Your chiropractor will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition.

Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?
For many, back pain can become chronic if left untreated. Chiropractic care has been shown to ease and even eliminate back pain for many patients.

Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve the pregnancy experience and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.

What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy (PT) helps people recover from surgery, an accident or injury. PT also helps when a person’s body is not functioning at what is considered normal for them—perhaps they had a heart attack, stroke or fall; or are dealing with a neurological disease; or even facing aging and incontinence. Physical therapy helps when the body is changing in a way that is affecting function and quality of life. A physical therapist evaluates a person from the standpoint of their mobility, balance and strength. What are they having difficulty doing? What do they want to get back to doing? The basic premise of physical therapy is that you’re looking at the person’s physical dysfunction and determining the steps to take to improve the person’s physical condition.

 What happens in a therapy session?
There’s always an element of patient education to help people discover what they are doing on a daily basis that could be contributing to their problem. The physical therapist may need to re-educate a person on lifting something correctly or moving properly. During a PT session, the therapist usually applies hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization for a stiff joint, or soft-tissue work of stretching or massaging tight muscles. Some physical therapists also do manual manipulation, which uses careful, directed manual force to improve mobility in joints, connective tissue or skeletal muscles.

PT always involves exercises of some sort, from a low-level stretch all the way to a well-rounded strengthening program. Physical therapy modalities are rehabilitation technologies that relieve pain, reduce swelling, decrease muscle spasms and improve circulation. These modalities include ultrasound, trigger-point pressure, dry needling, soft-tissue oscillation, electrical stimulation, traction, biofeedback, heat and ice. The exercise prescription and hands-on techniques are central to each PT session.

Why do I have to do these exercises?
Some of them make me sore. Physical therapists sometimes push people beyond their limit or comfort zone a little bit, encouraging them to go beyond what they think they can do. Physical therapists try to look at things objectively and implement different tests with patients. We try to empower people to kind of fix themselves. We don’t want them to have to keep coming back. Ultimately, we’re trying to get people to a point where they can maintain themselves and do their exercises at home or at the gym and go on with their lives. We push people so they can be independent and not reliant on us, medication or other treatments.

Why does physical therapy take longer than I had thought?
Physical therapy is not a quick fix. Americans in general are notorious for looking for that quick fix. PT follows the way our anatomy and bodies operate. There’s a certain amount of time that is required for certain types of tissue in the body to repair themselves. If you try to speed up the process, you could experience a re-injury. So physical therapy takes some patience and perseverance, and you’ve got to keep up with the program to experience the gains. Physical recovery happens in stages, and you have to be present for the whole program, from beginning to end, if you want lasting results.

Do I really have to do home exercises?
Oftentimes people go to therapy only two or three times a week depending on their insurance and payment options. The responsibility for improvement falls on the individual, too. The stretching and strengthening exercises are really something that has to be done almost daily. You’re not going to get the progress or improvement you need just relying on going to your therapy visits, so you have to do exercises at home. And, by the way, we can always tell if someone is being good about doing his or her home exercise program or not.

Will I definitely improve with physical therapy?
I think that everyone, to an extent, will experience a certain level of improvement. That’s if the patient is putting forth the effort that they can, and, of course, the therapy team is doing everything they can. But even though you’ve done everything you can, not everyone gets significantly better. That’s a conversation physical therapists may have with people, especially after a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury—those are pretty major events. We have found that incorporating physical therapy with chiropractic is extremely beneficial in restoring function for the long term. While each specialty alone delivers results, combining the 2 in the same office working towards the same result is unique and powerful. 

Sometimes, people do not return to the way they were prior to whatever event they faced. Once the body sustains a trauma, it really doesn’t completely go back to the way it was. So there’s a level of education in explaining how the body heals itself and how scar tissue can limit movement. For example, with a bone fracture, the bone does not look like it did before it broke. Physical therapy tries to optimize that person’s function and environment so they can hopefully continue to live independently and get back to things they enjoy and find purpose doing, whether it’s a job, hobby or just being able to spend time with their grandkids.

What is Medical Massage?
Medical Massage is result oriented and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician. The therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription. Medical Massage is generally billed in 15-minute segments using current procedural terminology and adhering to the usual and customary reimbursement fee schedule.

Why is a Prescription Necessary to Perform Medical Massage?
In order for a Massage Therapist to state that he/she is treating someone, she/he must first be able to legally determine what it is that is actually being treated.

Since it is beyond Massage Therapists’ scope of practice to diagnose, a doctor’s prescription is necessary in order to claim treatment of a specific condition. Non-prescribed therapy may also be administered to address clients, where assessment shows soft-tissue imbalances. Massage Therapists, Physicians and other healthcare professionals can work effectively together in the best interest of the patient/client.

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
The following lists many of the benefits of Medical Massage Therapy.

  • Releases tight and sore muscles
  • Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment.
  • Deactivates Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Decreases Pain and Inflammation:Massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their overall function. It’s the ideal treatment for releasing tension or muscles in spasm and helps to release toxins such as lactic acid (produced by muscle tissue during exercise).
  • Alleviates Stress and Improves Circulation:
    Proper circulation is vital to continued health. Your blood and lymph carry nourishment to the trillions of cells throughout your body and then carry away the waste to be eliminated from the cells.
  • Aids in Digestion: Massage can improve digestive motility.
  • Increases Flexibility and Range Of Motion:By reducing hypertonicity and hypotonicity the muscles allow for normal ranges of motion to be restored. This also reduces the forces being applied to the joint capsule and diminishes the potential for joint and disk degeneration.
  • Calms the Nervous System:
  • Improves Posture and Coordination.
  • Medical Massage is cost effective.
    By assisting the client towards a quicker recovery from acute headaches, neck and back pain, skeletal muscular strains, sprains, etc. he or she is able to return to a normal productive life.
  • Medical Massage may also helps to prevent future chronic pain conditions by effectively dealing with the cause of the problem and eliminating it.