After a car accident, you may experience injuries that can be long lasting and even life
threatening. Many people refuse to go to the hospital after an accident citing that they feel fine. What
they are unaware of is that these injuries can often occur a few days after an accident. This is because
the adrenaline from the accident wears off allowing pain to seep in. It is always effective to go to the
hospital after you have an accident, for health reasons as well as legal. Insurance companies are more
likely to give you the money you deserve if you reported going to the hospital to treat your injuries.

However, your medical visits should not stop at the hospital. You should always go to the doctor after a
hospital visit for further evaluation and treatment. This also helps your case in the event you have to go
to trial. Your doctor will be able to present your symptoms to the court and determine how serious the
accident affected your lifestyle. This may seem like an easy thing to do, except most people just go to
their medical doctor instead of the specialized care that they really should be receiving.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

The injuries you are most likely to have after an accident are musculoskeletal. Musculoskeletal
injuries not only affect the bones but are also pain in the ligaments, muscles and tendons. A medical
doctor may not be able to effectively treat these injuries, which is where a more specialized doctor is
more effective. These doctors can be a chiropractor, a pain management specialist, orthopedist, or even
an acupuncturist.

Chiropractors

Most people experience stiffness or soreness in their back, shoulders, and neck after an
accident. The best doctors to cure these injuries are chiropractors. The reason behind the stiffness and
soreness is that the fluid in the neck and back has been compressed, leaving them out of alignment. A
chiropractor is trained to help realign your body and get you back to a happy healthy lifestyle. The
sooner you visit a chiropractor after an accident, the easier it is to fix the pain and allow you to go back
to a normal life. This would not be the case if you were to just go to the hospital or your medical doctor,
they might accidentally overlook misalignments and cause you to experience pain for the rest of your
life.

Pain Management Specialists

Another doctor that may be able to better treat you would be a pain management specialist.
These doctors work in a variety of areas to ensure your pain is reduced and even disappears. These
doctors are used when the pain has become so out of control that there are very few options left. A
person that was involved in an accident is a good candidate for a pain management doctor if they suffer
from serious injuries or prolonged going to the doctor and are in even more pain.

Orthopedists

Orthopedists treat patients that have issues with connective tissue, ligaments, bones, and
tendons. A patient would be most effective seeing an orthopedist if they have suffered a broken bone
from a car accident. They can also treat spine and joint injuries related to a car accident. The final
doctor to visit after a car accident is an acupuncturist. The treatment is in the form of tiny needles
inserted in the skin on the “acupuncture points”. The main goal is to correct any imbalances in the flow
of the energy or qi. It has been determined that acupuncture is more effective in post-operative nausea
and pain.

Choosing the right doctor can be a difficult task but doing research can really help make the
decision easier. Visiting these doctors soon after your accident is even more beneficial to your health
and can lead to an even speedier recovery.