In our office, we treat muscle and joint pain sustained from car accidents and sports injuries. For the most part, these problems can be fixed very easily given that it was treated early. What makes treatment more complicated is people tend to wait until things are really bad! This happens more often than not, especially those that have been in minor to moderate type of accidents. In this article, I’d like to share the 3 most common mistakes that I’ve observed over the years speaking with my patients who have been in a car accident.
Mistake #1: Assuming and telling your insurance company everything is OKAY only to find out later you have this nagging neck or back pain!
This is by far the most common mistake I see when I go through a patient’s medical history. Most patients will tell me they’ve been in 1 or 2 accidents in the past and thought nothing else of it. Unfortunately, these are the types of incidence that has lead them to come into my office in the first place! Thinking that it was due to just “sleeping the wrong way,” when it actually is the accident that has caused the initial process of that nagging pain! By this time, their insurance has lapsed and will not be covering their medical treatment and thus have to pay with their private insurance or out of pocket. These are expensive decisions that could have been prevented if properly evaluation by a qualified doctor which leads me to mistake number two!
Mistake #2: Waiting to see a qualified doctor for an evaluation after your accident
Most people in minor to moderate type of accidents will feel some soreness and pain but will brush it off. These minor incidences cause micro injuries to the musculoskeletal system which over time will be more susceptible to arthritis and other degenerative disease of the joints. This leads to the uncomfortable constant nagging pain that are not severe, but not pleasant either. Other unpleasant symptoms that people will have are headaches and migraines. Fortunately, these problems can be treated, but it will just take a bit longer and cost more to the patient’s pocket book.
Mistake #3: Not having the right legal team to look out for the patient’s best interest.
My goal for my patients is to get them the best results for the care in my office. The group of doctors I trust to work with are similar in my philosophies. Unfortunately, our job becomes more difficult if your legal team is not on top of your case to get you the best medical care. They will “recommend” you to their doctor and results of your health is not the top of their priority. I always advise people in general to do your DUE DILIGENCE before signing up with an attorney or going to a particular doctor’s office for your treatment. You have the RIGHT to choose any doctor or any attorney you wish to work with. It’s is essential you get great quality treatment that gets you RESULTS so that you don’t have to spend more money out of your own pocket!
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