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Crash! Physical Therapy in Denver After the Wreck

June 15, 2016

End of school, graduation, holidays, festivals, summer vacation--they all mean an increase in travel. We Americans love our cars, so there’s no greater impetus for travel than an enthusiastic shout of “Road trip!” There are more vehicles on the nation’s roads and highways than ever before. In January 2016, the Washington Post reported that U.S. car sales hit a record high in 2015 at 17.5 million cars and trucks sold at an estimated $437 billion, capping a 6-year rise in automotive sales. With lower fuel prices and more vehicles on roads and highways, one’s chances for an automobile accident increase.
Denver wellness centers want to you to know what to do if you’re injured in an automobile accident.
  1. Seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel fine at the time of the accident or you think your injuries aren’t serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. Symptoms such as pain, discomfort, dizziness, and numbness and appear days after the accident occurs. Not only will a physician be able to better evaluate your health, but the medical record strengthens your personal injury claim should you file one.
  2. Take detailed notes and photographs of your injuries and medical treatment. This evidence will make it easier to get full reimbursement from the insurance company for treatment. Be sure you have the names, addresses, and telephone numbers for doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other professional seen after the accident.
  3. Keep receipts for medications prescribed, medical devices purchased or rented, etc. The evidence will be needed for reimbursement from your insurance company. It’s also helpful to keep track of travel expenses for medical appointments.
  4. Keep copies of all correspondence with medical professionals during treatment, including emails and notes you take during follow-up phone calls.
  5. Record information about the accident. Take photographs of the area where the accident occurred, being sure to include any traffic signs or traffic lights, skid marks, etc. Take photos of damage to your car from every angle. Use close-up and long distance shots.
  6. Show proof of financial loss for lost wages and/or opportunities during which you could have earned an income if you were able to work.
  7. Collect the names and contact information of witnesses. Their testimony may be required in court.
Once your doctor has referred you for physical therapy, be sure to follow through. Common trauma from automobile accidents--whiplash and concussions, muscle and ligament strains, disc injuries--can be successfully treated. Pain, dizziness, blurred vision, confusion or disorientation, nausea, limited range of motion, swelling, muscle soreness, and other symptoms are red flags calling you to treatment. A qualified physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation and design a rehabilitation program to get you back to normal health.

Cherry Creek Wellness Center focuses on specialized rehabilitation treatments for post-accident trauma. With five locations in the greater Denver area, we’re convenient for you. Call us at (303) 333-3493 to schedule an appointment.