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Have you been in an auto accident? Many people think their injuries or conditions are minor or even nonexistent. Unfortunately, they only discovered they had received major, lifelong damage and trauma later. However, all this is usually avoidable if you get proper early treatment.

As experienced acupuncturists, weĦŻve dealt with hundreds of patients with questions, concerns, and fears similar to your own. WeĦŻve been very successful helping patients involved in every imaginable accident ¨C from major auto accident collisions, to minor falls, and every day aches, pains, stress and depression. Most of them are either referred by our patients, who have received comfortable treatments in our clinic, or their conditions couldn't get improved by other treatments.

  • Auto insurance covers acupuncture treatments.
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  • It's FREE!
Pain after car accidents

The extent of auto injury is not usually appreciated at the time of the accident because the pain from muscle sprain and strain may not occur immediately. However, it may intensify into much more acute pain and muscle spasms later.
Whiplash injury and back sprain, which often result from rear end collisions, are prime examples. The victim may initially feel no symptoms or only minor aches but this is often followed by a tired sensation in the involved muscles which subsequently gives rise to spasms and pain.

Pain is a physiological phenomena, not a mechanical one. When a bottle is broken, the result can be easily observed; but when a muscle is torn or pulled, the brain does not always respond immediately and may change its reaction with time.

Sometimes, the pain may radiate to different parts of the body that have not been injured. For example, a shoulder sprain may produce pain down one's arm along with tingling and numbness in the hand without those parts actually being injured. The pain may also move from place to place during the course of time since pain is a dynamic rather than a static process.

Other sensations due to auto accidents

While chronic pain is the most common symptom in an auto accident, it is by no means the only one. Many injured individuals complain of dizziness and ringing in the ear associated with headaches even though there has been no direct trauma to the head. These symptoms are usually associated with neck injury including sprains and strains. Others may complain of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Women often find their menstrual cycle and flow disturbed subsequent to the accident. While the exact physiological mechanisms causing the symptoms are unknown, they are commonly recognized as stress related.

Other symptoms and complexes include a peak of depression, insomnia, nightmares, and an exaggerated fear which may be general but usually specifically related to driving or riding in a car. Such a group of symptoms is quite similar to the post-traumatic stress syndrome that is often found in soldiers after exposure to combat. It appears that the body's alarm system goes off in the face of danger whether it is a combat situation or a car accident. And once such a system is activated, it remains so either indefinitely or for a protracted period of time, even if the danger is long past. Studies indicate that traditional Chinese medicine, like acupuncture and acupressure treatments, are very effective of solving these types of problems.

How do the injuries be treated?

Currently, there are many treatments are available for treating work related injuries and have varying degrees of efficacy. Following is a list of therapeutic modalities used in our clinic which have been proven to be very effective on the recovery of work related injuries. Most of the treatments are covered by worker's compensation.

Acupressure (Oriental massage)
Chinese herbal medicine
Infrared treatment
Who pays the medical bills?
1. Auto insurance
Most auto insurance policies cover medical expenses for acupuncture and acupressure treatments incurred as a result of automobile related injuries with varying dollar limits. This is like a health insurance policy specifically related to auto injury regardless of whether the injured is at fault or not. A person who does not own his individual policy may also be covered by a policy of a member of the same household. For instance, a teenager hit by a car while crossing the street (an auto related injury) may be covered by the insurance policy of his older brother with whom he lives. A list of auto insurance that we received so far is as follows:

21st Century
All State
GEICO Direct
Liberty Mutual
State Farm

2. Health insurance
Health insurance usually covers the treatment expenses if the auto insurance policies do not cover it. However, it is generally a good idea to check with your own health insurance company to see what services are covered before treatment. If you belong to a HMO health plan, it is quite possible that you will be covered only if you see your primary care doctor or another specialist only if you are referred by your own family doctor.
3. Worker's Compensation
If you are injured in an automobile related accident while you are doing your duties as an employee, you may be entitled to coverage by worker's compensation insurance as well. For instance, a messenger side-swiped by a bus while delivering a package should be covered by worker's compensation insurance.

4. Medical Lien (Doctor's Lien)
When one is injured in an accident caused by another party who as at fault, he may be entitled to compensation by the other party under the law. However, if the injured does not have his own insurance or adequate coverage, he may have difficulty coming up with the finances to defray the medical costs for his treatments because it may take quite some time before he can obtain compensation for the responsible party under the law. Certain health professionals may be willing to accept an IOU from the patient providing the patient agrees to secure the IOU with future proceeds from the compensation he receives from the at fault party. This is known as a "medical lien" which is similar to a car loan using the car as a collateral or getting a loan for mortgaging one's house. At our clinic, we accept this type of lien in order to get your injuries treated as soon as possible. Please call us at (925)600-1488 to find out how to get the medical lean and further information related.


How to protect yourself in an auto accident?

If you are involved in an automobile accident, there are a few simple steps that could help you protect your legal rights.

  1. Obtain the name, address, and telephone number of the other driver and verify the information by that driver's license. You should also obtain the name of his or her insurance company.
  2. Obtain the name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses to the accident. If there has been any possible damage as a result of the accident, a police officer should be called to the scene to prepare an accident report.
  3. Report the accident to your insurance company in order to qualify for payment of property damage and medical benefits under your automobile policy.
  1. Call us at (925)600-1488 as soon as possible for injury evaluation and immediate helps.
  2. Find an experienced attorney in personal injury law to assist you in determining your rights after an accident. We will also be able to refer you to an attorney if you like.

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