Whiplash FAQ

If you have recently been in a car accident, our chiropractors can lower your pain and answer all of your auto injury questions. Here are a few of the questions we receive on a daily basis.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a severe neck injury. It occurs when the head and neck are forcefully extended beyond their range of motion. When this happens the muscles are strained. The ligaments and tendons are sprained, and the vertebrae are completely thrown out of alignment. These injuries cause significant pain and impairment of the neck. Many individuals experience severe neck stiffness, headaches, migraines and debilitating loss of range of motion.

Is whiplash a legitimate auto injury?

You have likely seen whiplash injuries being feigned on television or in sitcoms. Whiplash is a legitimate auto injury. When you are involved in an auto accident, your body ricochets between your seat, headrest and seatbelt until all of the momentum has dissipated. Your instinctive response is to tense when you are thrown forward and backwards. These combined factors cause extreme trauma to your muscles, ligaments and tendons, and the symptoms and pain can last months. Some individuals can experience symptoms for years.

What treatments do you offer for whiplash?

Nashville accident and injury offers a number of whiplash therapies. Chiropractic adjustments are one way to treat whiplash. The first goal of treatment is to reduce the patient’s pain. This is accomplished by pushing the cervical vertebrae back into their correct positions. This reduces inflammation and removes the pressure on your nerves and soft tissues. After several treatments, the vertebrae will start to remain in their proper positions, providing long term relief and healing the injury. Additionally, we may recommend laser therapy and spinal remodeling to improve healing times.

How long should I rest? Do I need a cervical collar?

You do not need a cervical collar. Cervical collars and excessive rest can weaken the muscles in your neck, prolong your recovery, reduce your range of motion and increase your pain. The only time you should rest is if you are experiencing a lot of pain.

Who is going to pay for my auto injury treatment?

If you were in an accident that was not your fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance should pay for your auto injury treatment. If you were the at-fault driver, your insurance may pay for your treatments, depending on your policy. For more information on how you can pay for your chiropractic sessions, call our Nashville office at 615-492-8906.

How should I contact Nashville Accident and Injury Center for more information?

To contact us to schedule an appointment during business hours, dial 615-356-5113. Additionally, you can use our email form on our contact us page to get questions answered.

What should I do after I schedule my appointment?

Once you have scheduled your evaluation appointment, we recommend that you download our online forms. We provide two forms for your convenience, including our new patient form and a form for auto accident and work injuries.

Do I need a referral from another doctor for Treatment after a car accident?

No. By law, Auto insurers have to cover any and all treatment for injuries that are effectively documented to be medically necessary. Chiropractic and Physical therapy would certainly be included in that without a referral being necessary.

Which do I need Chiropractic or Physical therapy?

Although the two treatments have some overlap, they are starkly different in their own rights. With the exception of the rare case, the two work hand-in-hand to the ultimate benefit of the injured patient. One without the other can potentially have
long-term, detrimental effects in many cases.

Do I need an attorney?

That is not for us to decide. Most insurances will cover you 100% for documented injuries deemed “medically necessary.” Our providers are comprehensively trained to do just that or not take on the case. We will properly inform you upon initial examination and history intake should your particular situation not qualify for personal injury treatment.

Will I need and MRI or other testing?

There is a good possibility if there has been no other testing at another provider or ER. Specifically what diagnostics may be needed should be determined only after initial examination and/or response to treatment.

What if I have had prior injuries or a pre-existing condition?

Through our comprehensive note taking and history intake, we can typically determine to what degree your current injuries are now compared to what you may have sustained in the past or are suffering with at the time of the accident in question. It is typically a simple solution to a problem others sometimes make a big deal. The fact is, most people over 45 years of age are likely to have some kind of “pre-existing” problem

Do you do third party billing?

We have specialized in auto accidents for 30 years. We have an insurance department that works closely with auto insurers to make sure you are covered in full before taking on your case. If there should be any complications on the back end, we will provide your sources with any and all documentation to minimize your financial burden and maximize your clinical outcomes, thereby avoiding future chronic illnesses. Your health is way too important to just “settle” for less than a fair and equitable outcome with injuries you did not create.