Acupuncture for Auto Accidents
Acupuncture is well known for how effectively it can treat musculoskeletal pain, unfortunately one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain is motor vehicle accidents. Whether you are a driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist and you have been involved in an automobile collision, there are options to help you get care.
In the state of Oregon, any medical bills resulting from the motor vehicle accident are paid for by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Oregon requires at least $15,000 in PIP coverage for you, and all passengers in your car, for a period of one year after a collision. Most importantly, you are allowed to seek care from the health care practitioner of your choice, including acupuncturists.
When it comes to a motor vehicle accident, there is almost always a back injury involved. People won’t always feel pain right away, but might start to experience symptoms a few days after the accident. The most commonly reported injuries are:- whiplash - low back pain - extremity pain with numbness or tingling - general muscle pain
Patients with whiplash may experience neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, headaches, trouble concentrating, dizziness, balance issues, restless sleep and irritability. Being involved in an auto collision also usually will have a large emotional component, it is important to address any resulting stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture helps relieve pain by releasing endorphins in the brain that block the transmission of pain signals, reducing inflammation and calming the autonomic nervous system. This helps the body relax and stimulates the healing processes. We combine traditional acupuncture with Trigger Point Therapy, a more aggressive, direct manipulation of the musculature that causes repeated, involuntary twitching, from the muscles that usually leads to an immediate reduction of the tightness and pain. Using TPT, we are able to directly target the tight areas in your body to help release the muscles and dissolve adhesions that cause pain. This allows for better circulation in the musculoskeletal system, increased range of motion and immediate pain relief.
Our staff in Portland can help navigate the process with the insurance companies so that you can focus on your treatments and the process of getting better. We also have a wonderful network of chiropractors, massage therapists and MDs if we think you need additional therapies.