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If you have been in a car accident—even a minor fender bender—it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Car accident injuries can lie dormant for days or even months before you start to feel pain, and you only have 14 days following your accident to qualify for PIP benefits.

In some cases, serious or life-threatening injuries require emergency medical care, but if you have “just” a sore neck or lower back pain, it can be hard to decide whether to see a traditional doctor or chiropractor after a car accident.

Traditional medicine is the course of action for most health concerns, but seeing a chiropractor after a car accident is usually the better choice.

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Why See a Chiropractor After Your Car Accident?

Why should you bother seeing a chiropractor after a car accident? Why not stick with traditional medicine?

Unfortunately, all car accidents have the potential to cause injury, no matter how fast you or the other driver was going at the time of the collision. A lot can happen to your body during a car accident, and not all of it will show up on an x-ray.

Chiropractic medicine is the best way to heal your pain at its source with no side effects.

Total Body Wellness

Most people aren’t aware that chiropractic medicine is about more than just spinal health, but it’s true.

Chiropractic treatments and adjustments are meant to increase blood flow to affected areas, take unnecessary strain off the muscles, and increase mobility, in addition to realigning the spinal column.

Drug-Free Pain Treatment

Traditional medicine usually treats pain with a revolving door of pain medications, rehab, and surgery. But the side effects and recovery time of traditional methods can sometimes cause more discomfort than they solve.

Chiropractic medicine is free of side-effects, incisions, and any of the obstacles presented by traditional medicine. By treating your pain at its source, chiropractors can achieve greater success in less time.

Treat the Condition, Not the Pain

When two heavy pieces of machinery collide, the impact can wreak havoc on your body.

It’s simple physics: the force of two objects crashing into each other can cause whiplash, herniated discs, muscle sprain, and more for the people inside.

And if your vertebrae are out of alignment, popping a pill won’t help.

Seeing a chiropractor will alleviate your pain at the source by treating the cause of the pain: spinal misalignment.

It’s Covered by Insurance

Under Florida law, all drivers are required to have $10,000 Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on their car insurance to help with medical treatment in the event of a car accident.

But most people are not aware that these benefits can be used toward chiropractic care.

FL Statute HB 119, which passed in 2012, places a $2,500 limit on chiropractic care from PIP benefits (unless you have been diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition”). But because chiropractors practice a drug-free method of treatment, this is often enough to treat the pain caused by your accident.

Without paying for expensive pain-killers, rehab, or surgery, you’ll be on the road to recovery much sooner than with traditional medicine.


Many people are curious about whether their insurance will cover chiropractor visits after an accident. But the real question you should be asking yourself is, “Do I want to feel better in the short-term or do I want to be better in the long-term?”

Car accident injuries can have lifelong implications if left untreated (or if treated improperly). But seeing a chiropractor can help alleviate your pain and move toward complete healing without the unpleasant side effects of medications and surgery.

If you have been in a car accident in the last 14 days, schedule a visit with Pain Free Chiropractic to see how we can help you, even if you aren’t currently in any pain.

Treating your car accident injury at the source (and as soon as possible) is the key to total recovery so you can get back to your daily life.

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