As we enter the dark, rainy months in Portland, it’s an unfortunate truth that motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) will likely increase. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 73% of pedestrian fatalities due to traffic accidents occur in dark or low-light conditions. Inclement weather also increases accident risk. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, 74% of all U.S. accidents occur on wet pavement, and 46% happen during rainfall. Given the increased likelihood of accidents this winter, we’re reviewing best practices regarding car accident treatment.
It is absolutely critical to receive clinical attention on the same day of any motor vehicle collision. While you may be tempted to “brush off” aftereffects as insignificant, any mental or physical discomfort or pain must be addressed immediately. MVC injuries may take weeks to fully emerge, and treatment billing requires as much documentation as possible, as soon as possible. Even following low-speed accidents, all involved parties should see a doctor on the same day. That way, treatment records are properly established, and long-term damage can be minimized.
Why favor an integrative clinic for post-MVC treatment? There are many reasons, some of which we outline below.
How an Integrative Clinic can Help You Heal after a Car Accident
Multiple Modalities of Healing. Heart Spring Health’s professionals combine multiple treatment modalities in order to provide well-rounded treatment. These modalities can include chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy, nutrition and herbs. We work together to create a customized plan for each patient, so you can rest assured that your healing process will be as efficient as possible.
Each treatment approach offers unique benefits. For instance, chiropractic adjustments can successfully alleviate whiplash pain. Acupuncture treatments have been shown to effectively resolve soft tissue injury by increasing circulation and supporting the body’s own immune response to trauma, as well as relaxing the anxiety and overwhelm that can occur after a collision.
Massage relieves muscular pain while speeding the healing process through improved circulation. Our physicians specialize in a variety of massage techniques (shiatsu massage, deep tissue massage, and more), each custom tailored to the individual’s health and wellness needs. At Heart Spring Health, we’ll create a personalized healing plan for you, to decrease your recovery time.
Smooth Transition to Ongoing Treatment. Regardless of fault, Oregon law entitles those involved in MVCs to receive treatment paid by their car insurance. This is called PIP, or personal injury protection. Typically, medical expenses up to $15,000 are covered for up to one year following an accident. (And by the way, using PIP payments cannot drive up your insurance premiums, as per Oregon law.) Because post-accident care is most effective when it treats all aspects of a person’s health, PIP payments are often split between different clinics. This can create paperwork and stress for the patient. An integrative clinic can alleviate the hassle of PIP payments by offering multiple alternative healing professionals in one location. For instance, because we have both chiropractic and naturopathic physicians on staff, we can often diagnose patients in-house, and schedule regular treatments on the same day.
We Treat What X-Rays Miss. After a MVC, hyperextension and other abnormalities may not appear on an X-ray. Our extensive experience with car accident injuries allows our physicians to anticipate and properly diagnose post-accident damage. With acupuncture, massage, chiropractic work, and other healing modalities, our integrative clinic can offer thorough car accident treatment in Portland. We can treat symptoms that may have gone unnoticed initially, including:
- Blurred vision
- Low back pain
- Pain or numbness in arms/hands
- Burning or “pins and needles” sensations
- Neck and shoulder pain or tension
- Difficulty focusing or recalling information
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
Heart Spring Health is available and ready to help following an accident. We offer same-day appointments for anyone who has been in an MVC. Call us at (503) 956-9396 as soon as possible following your accident; we are dedicated to providing high quality auto injury treatment in Portland.
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