What to do if you’re in an Auto Accident

From the initial moment of being involved in a car crash your life will be changed and challenged in more ways than you can realize.

Why does my body hurt?Auto Accident

What can I do about it?

Who’s going to pay for my health bills?

Who’s going to repair my car?

Who’s going to pay for it?

How many insurance claims do I have?

Which one is for my car and which is for my health coverage?

How am I going to get to work?

How will I make money if I can’t get to work?

Do I need an attorney?

How do I get my kids to school and events with no car?

Am I responsible for any of this?

Why does the insurance company call so much?

What do I tell them?
What to do is you’re involved in an Auto Collision

  • Stop Immediately
  • If seriously injured go to the emergency room
  • Call the Police
  • Collect as much information as possible
  • Contact us Immediately to set up a consultation and evaluation

How you spend the time immediately after a car crash can be very valuable to your case and ultimately determine who pays for the damages.  Utilizing this time is paramount to collect as much information as you can about the crash and everyone involved in the auto accident.   Gather the other drivers insurance and ID information, talk to any potential witnesses, take pictures of the vehicles including the license plate.  Always remember that you have to do your best to protect yourself in these unfortunate events.  Remember there is always the possibility of being involved in a hit and run, or the other drivers being under-or-uninsured.  To ensure you won’t be held responsible for any damages or fees; you need to have proper insurance for yourself but also document everything that might be of value to your case.

Your health care issues will be held as an injury claim and your auto damages will be a separate claim.  We are experts in helping you navigate the difficult waters of an injury claim.  Until you have been in an auto collision you have never understood the difficulties that can come along with it.  It is very important to seek out qualified health care providers that are familiar with personal injury cases.  These cases follow certain protocols and procedures, require very detailed documentation, and often require numerous specialties to participate.  Additionally it is your Doctors duty to provide a mechanism of injury and prove causation in your motor vehicle collision, to prove your injuries were from your car crash.  These are vital steps to proving the necessity and validity of your health treatment.  In the event your Doctors have to go to trial to defend your treatment and prove your injuries, you want Doctors on your side that are well versed and educated within the system.  We have gone to trial on numerous occasions for our patients and will for you as well, if your case goes to court.  We specialize in the area of personal injury claims and are the true professionals in getting you back to health and living your normal life.

The bottom line is if you don’t act quickly, you’ve probably hurt your injury claim, and you could be potentially prolonging your recovery.  By waiting, you are simply providing the insurance company and their lawyers with a defense to use against you.  Procrastination isn’t fatal to a personal injury claim, but it is something to avoid when you have been hurt in an auto accident.

Call us at the Denver Integrated Spine Center to see if we can help.  We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your injuries at no charge to you.  If you were not at fault in the accident, you won’t have any out of pocket expenses for your treatment. If you were at fault there are several options available to you as well.  Don’t delay, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to recover from your auto injuries.

Contact us now at (303) 758-9000 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

The Simple Healing Power of the Needle

Patient receiving healing acupuncture treatment

Relax and heal with dry-needling or acupuncture

There are plenty of misconceptions that exist in the world regarding acupuncture and dry needling. These false notions are often related to exactly how it affects the body and the actual ability of the procedures to induce healing or relaxation. Even less understood is the difference between dry-needling and acupuncture. The two procedures are distinctly different and used for different therapeutic and medicinal purposes despite the fact that the two terms are often interchanged or used incorrectly. Both use needles, however, in extremely different ways. By understanding the actual differences in these procedures,  you will be able to make informed choices about which approach is best designed to treat your particular health condition.

Two Contrasting Schools of Thought

The most common difference that patients will notice between the two procedures is the location of the treatment area in regards to the injury site.  Additionally the level of discomfort that may be associated with the treatments can vary from person to person, but generally dry-needling can have varying degrees of discomfort.  This difference in sensation is due to the fact that the two techniques approach the body and nerves in two different ways. Since being developed in the 1970’s, dry-needling is aimed specifically at treating muscular tension, muscular dysfunction, and active trigger points.  It is based on Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology that has been fundamentally researched.  Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based off of traditional Eastern medicine and 5000 years of history, which utilizes the meridian system which follows the flow of Qi throughout the body.

Acupuncture Principles

The meridian system of the body is one that is based on the studies of ancient Chinese cultures whereas the techniques that are used in dry-needling are much more reliant on the contemporary models of the human body and nervous system. The ancient Chinese were primarily concerned about the flow of Qi throughout the body, believing that any blockage of this vital energy causes pain and discomfort. The aim of acupuncture is to release these blockages in the body where energy is unable to flow through its proper channels. Achieving this goal often means placing the needles in areas of body that are physically distant from the actual area where the pain is occurring.

What is Dry-Needling

Dry-needling utilizes a different approach to treating conditions and injuries; it is based on a foundation of Neuroanatomy. Dry-needling is typically used to treat the symptoms of muscular pain, muscular dysfunction, and muscular injury.

Dry-needling works in two distinct ways and in the majority of cases is very simple.

  1. An acupuncture needle is inserted into the injured or dysfunctional tissue with the intent of causing the muscle fibers to activate.  By stimulating the individual fibers to activate, the muscles will begin to twitch; which is simply the muscle contracting rapidly.  This contracting is an involuntary reflexive reaction as different neural pathways are being utilized.  Dry needling will cause relaxation of the muscle fibers through the disruption of the motor endplate.

 

  1. With each needle insertion; microscopic injuries are incurred which causes a local healing response which will then induce normal functioning.  This healing response is a chemically mediated response through the release of Substance P, Bradykinin, and other neurotransmitters, which block the transmission of pain signals to the central nervous system.  By stimulating the neural pathways that disrupt the pain signals from reaching the central nervous system the pain level can be reduced or eliminated.

The utilization of dry-needling can cause some initial discomfort as the muscles are being directly influenced.  Although its use is typically orthopedic in nature, dry-needling does have the ability to address some internal health conditions.  Acupuncture is seen as both a healing and preventive measure in the world of medicine while dry-needling is viewed as a healing practice that is implemented once an injury occurs.