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Auto Accident FAQ's
Q: If I have been in an auto accident, will my insurance cover my treatment?
A: Usually yes. However, it will be your Auto Insurance that will be responsible (if you have medical on your policy), and not necessarily your health insurance. It is important that if you did report injuries from your accident for you to have already informed your auto insurer prior to care. If you have done this, you will have received a claim number and that number will be used with all of your treatment and billing.
Q: What will the cost be to me?
A: For auto accident cases, Our Clinic provides those types of patients "credit" on their account until they are discharged and fully recovered. That means that you will not be charged anything up front. In order to grant credit, we require patients to read and sign an "assignment of proceeds" lien form. Once Dr. Johnson discharges each patient from care, Our Clinic will bill your auto insurance carrier charges from all applicable office visit fees. The auto insurance company typically covers 100% of the billed medically necessary charges. Once payment is received, the lien is released.
Q: What if I have an attorney representing my case?
office routinely works with patients' attorneys. Upon starting care in
our office, we will gather your attorney's contact information and will
forward all pertinent information about your bills and treatment to
them. This will ensure that they include our bills in the total amount
when reaching a settlement for you.
Q: Do I have to go to a medical doctor prior to receiving care at your clinic?
A: No. After the accident, of course, you may wish to receive medical services at the Emergency Room. However, if you were released with injuries such as whiplash, it would be unnecessary to visit an M.D. prior to receiving chiropractic care. Dr. Johnson will carefully evaluate the extent of your injuries in order to make sure that there isn't a need for care outside of what he can provide. If Dr. Johnson recognizes that you need additional help, he will refer you to the appropriate medical provider.
Q: How long will it take to feel better?
A: This depends on the extent of your injuries, as well as as several other factors. Typically, pain relief will be noticed within the first 1-3 treatments. However, your condition will not be fully healed at this point. Whiplash actually is a folk term for "sprain in your neck", which means that ligaments are torn and injured. Torn ligaments take a moderate amount of time to heal since they inherently possess a poor blood supply. As a rule of thumb, ligaments require anywhere from 16-24 weeks to heal to their pre-accident state in most cases. It will not take that long to feel relief, however. As your body heals, you will progressively feel better.
Q: What types of treatment can Dr. Johnson provide?
A: Dr. Johnson is a licensed chiropractor, and has the ability to provide many different treatments, depending on what is felt to be the best for your condition. One type of treatment that is often of prime importance in Whiplash Injuries is Chiropractic Adjustments (aka Manipulation). When the spine is injured in an auto accident, it can cause the joints of the neck and back to be "locked-up" in a painful position. Chiropractors are trained to locate these areas of lost motion and to provide a procedure called an Adjustment. Chiropractic Adjustments restore the normal function and motion to your spinal joints.
Additionally, Dr. Johnson can provide physiotherapy, myofascial release, acupuncture, and spinal rehab services.
Q: What if I need X-rays after the auto accident?
A: Our Clinic uses Advanced Radiology for our radiology services.
X-rays can be ordered when deemed appropriate by Dr. Johnson. If
X-rays are ordered, the results of the X-rays will be shown and
explained to you before any treatment is provided.
If you would like to have the cause of your whiplash injury corrected, please call our Columbia, MO chiropractic clinic to schedule an appointment. 573-447-0841