Rideshare accidents are not uncommon, especially in Florida with its many visitors who choose a rideshare or taxi service over renting a car during their visit. For rideshare drivers, the more people they pick up the more money they make, so they may prioritize speed over safety. And drivers for rideshare companies such as Uber or Lyft do not go through as thorough a screening or training process as taxi drivers do.
If you have been in an auto accident in Florida, whether in a rideshare or in your own car, or if you have been injured by a car as a pedestrian or bicyclist, you must visit an approved medical professional for evaluation within 14 days in order to be eligible for PIP coverage which will help pay your accident-related medical bills. Chiropractors are among the medical professionals approved for this purpose. We believe our chiropractic services offer you the best possibility of pain relief and long-term recovery. At Miami Accident Center, we treat accident victims daily, so we may be able to ask better questions and recognize symptoms more readily than doctors who do not see accident victims as frequently. Upon request, we also help our patients find legal representation to answer questions they may have and to protect their rights.
Car accidents can cause serious injury to many parts of the body. Chiropractic care can address back pain, whiplash, numbness and tingling, limited ranges of motion, and extremity pain. We’ve also helped many patients find relief from headaches following a traumatic injury commonly caused by car accidents. During the initial examination, we may uncover less obvious injuries and treat them before they worsen.
In an auto accident, your vehicle impacts another force, causing your body to jolt suddenly. Sometimes even just the act of avoiding an accident by suddenly turning the car can cause your body to jerk. This jerking or jolting action can have a devastating effect on the alignment or integrity of your spinal column.
If you are not wearing a seatbelt, you may be thrown about inside the car, creating trauma to many parts of your body, including your spine and head. If you are wearing a seatbelt, you may avoid some injuries but your body will still jerk hard against the belt, potentially affecting spinal alignment, damaging ribs, whipping the head back and forth suddenly, and possibly allowing it to make contact with hard objects.
Pain and injury of the back can be caused by damage to the vertebrae, the soft discs between the vertebrae, or soft muscle tissue attached to your spine. As chiropractors, we address the problems at their root cause rather than medicate and hope they go away. Our goal is not only to get you out of pain as quickly as possible but for you to heal properly. Many times our treatments can prevent the need for surgery, and can help you to avoid chronic, long-term suffering which can occur when injuries are not properly cared for.
Whiplash – caused by the sudden jolt of the head that strains the muscles in the neck – is estimated to occur in two-thirds of all auto accidents, and many whiplash sufferers continue to experience pain five years after the accident. Prompt attention from a chiropractor who will address the root cause of the problem can lessen symptoms in the present and prevent ongoing chronic suffering into the future.
Tingling and Numbness, Limited Range of Motion
These feelings are often caused by nerve impingement somewhere along the spine. This is a common symptom following a car accident, and as chiropractors, we are trained to find the root of the problem and resolve the nerve pressure in order to eliminate numbness and that terrible “pins and needles” feeling.
Limited range of motion may be caused by muscle strains or misalignments. Thorough evaluation through muscle tests, orthopedic tests, and other evaluations will allow us to determine the direct cause in order to create a treatment plan to give you back the full range of motion of the affected joints.
Since we do a thorough medical evaluation of our patients using a variety of advanced techniques to check the spine, neck, head, and extremities, from time to time we find unexpected issues that had not yet surfaced but could cause problems in the future. By treating our patients holistically, we are able to create a treatment plan that leads to reduced pain and inflammation and long-term recovery. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident or any auto accident, contact us today at (305) 928-2828 to get out of pain and regain your health.