Car accidents, whether minor or severe, put significant force and tension through the body. Something as simple as looking straight versus looking right or left when you are hit can be the difference between minor whiplash and severe pain leading to months of migraine headaches. No matter the force or position, its a smart move to get acupuncture treatment immediately to resolve any pain or tension quickly and efficiently, and to lay the groundwork for a successful long term recovery.
Furthermore, you actually have a right to acupuncture for auto accident treatment without a referral regardless of your regular health insurance coverage. Your Personal Injury Protection or PIP coverage through your auto insurance will cover up to $15,000 in medical treatment in Oregon, $10,000 in Washington. Acupuncture, Massage and Physical Therapy are all included. If you live outside Oregon or Washington, check with your state transportation department or with your specific insurer to verify benefits.
Show Up, Get Treatment, Get Better;
At All Ways Well, Rebecca excels in billing insurance for car accident treatment. You know how some people like to say or imply that they “wrote the book” on things sometimes? Well… I actually did. I have been successfully billing insurance and instructing other Acupuncturists in billing insurance since 2006, and in 2010 I actually wrote a book about it!
Auto accident acupuncture insurance coverage is a little different from standard health insurance coverage, and I am well familiar with the process including:
Early Treatment = Early Recovery; A Cautionary Tale
I had a patient this week who was experiencing back and neck pain that had been creeping up with increased activity and age. The locations of the pain were pinpoint specific areas that had been injured in a minor car accident 20 years before. She’d been in her early 20’s at the time, the injuries were minor and seemed take care of themselves without treatment, but now the pain is back and it surprised her. As she’s aging and trying to maintain her health with exercise, these areas are making themselves known.
This is a common story - a minor accident years before, aging sets in, old injuries start to ache. Osteoarthritis, afterall, is degeneration in areas that have experienced more wear and tear over time. Even minor car accidents can predispose certain spots to inflammation and pain when not treated early and aggressively.
Acupuncture is an ideal tool to employ in successful and lasting auto accident recovery. It is gentle, effective, works on both energetic and physical levels including directly affecting muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints and is proven to increase endorphin release reducing pain, and cause the body to release natural anti-inflammatories.
Have questions? Want to know more about auto accident treatment? Click here to read a testimonial from a recent car accident patient, or HERE to book an appointment or consultation now. Its never too early or too late to pursue treatment head off the short and long term affects of auto accident injuries.
Until next time,
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.