Chiropractic Treatment for Slip and Fall Accidents

Chiropractic Treatment for Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are notorious for causing serious injuries. Serious injuries usually require costly medical treatment. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred at a retail establishment, you may have grounds for filing a claim with their insurance company. In your claim, you can include any reasonable damage that is directly associated with your injury. For instance, if you incurred injuries from the slip and fall accident that can be treated with chiropractic care, you can include the cost of treatment in your injury claim.

And the good news is that a Doctor of Chiropractic can treat many conditions that are common in slip and fall accidents. Chiropractors do not use surgery or prescribe medications to their patients. For those who wish to avoid invasive surgery because of the risks involved, and do not wish to use prescription medication for the same reason, chiropractic care can be the optimum solution.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries that can be Treated by a Chiropractor

Though not every injury can be treated by a chiropractor, many can be, including a number of injuries that are common in slip and fall accidents. If you are suffering from any of the below conditions after falling down a flight of stairs or slipping on an uneven surface and falling to the ground, contact a chiropractor. After an exam by a Doctor of Chiropractic which may include hands-on manipulation, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests, you will know if they can treat you. Chiropractic treatment is specialized care provided to a patient based on the specifics of their condition, including its severity. Treatment may be performed in just one session, or the Doctor may recommend several treatments on a weekly basis. Every case is different.

Chiropractic treatment may be right for you if you suffered any of the following injuries from a slip and fall accident:

  •         Back pain
  •         Neck pain
  •         Spinal area pain
  •         Whiplash
  •         Herniated disc or discs
  •         General pain when moving
  •         Injuries to the musculoskeletal system
  •         Injuries to the nervous system
  •         Ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck pain, strain, or limited mobility
  •         Sciatica (whether it is a pre-existing condition or new)

Chiropractic Treatments are a Safe Alternative to Surgery

Doctors of Chiropractic take the position that the body is naturally inclined to heal itself. When the body is treated using natural and non-invasive techniques rather than surgery and prescription medications, it can heal on its own. A chiropractic adjustment addresses the source of the patient’s pain. By alleviating the source pain the patient’s range of motion can increase and the body can then begin its own healing process. Avoiding surgery typically decreases the amount of time it takes for the body to recover. It also eliminates the dangers associated with any surgical procedure, including medical mistakes and negative reactions to sedatives and anesthesia. Consider making an appointment for an exam with a personal injury doctor in Baltimore, MD if you were injured in a slip and fall accident.

Thanks to Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab and Chiropractic for their insight into chiropractic care and slip and fall accident injuries.

Acupuncture Now Included in Medicare Coverage

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare coverage will now include acupuncture for chronic low back pain. With opioid use becoming more widespread, an increasing number of studies support the effectiveness of alternative treatments as compared to prescription pain medications. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is thought to balance the “qi,” or “life force” throughout the body. Inserting needles at critical points, called meridians, is thought to improve this flow. For Western practitioners, many believe that acupuncture boosts the body’s natural painkillers by stimulating nerves, muscles, and tissues. 

And, as an added bonus, the side effects of acupuncture–in the rare case they occur–are much milder and short-term than the side effects of prescription painkillers. 

What is Covered? 

If you have had chronic lower back pain for a minimum of 12 weeks, the new Medicare coverage includes up to 12 acupuncture treatment sessions within 90 days. After that, patients are allowed eight additional sessions if their pain decreases; that’s a total of 20 sessions per year. For specific details on patient costs, you’ll need to consult your plan administrator. 

To qualify for coverage, the acupuncture sessions must be performed by a healthcare provider who has both a master’s or doctoral-level degree in acupuncture from an accredited school, and a current license to practice acupuncture in the state where care is being provided. 

What is Not Covered? 

Acupuncture treatments are not covered for back pain that is related to recent surgery, pregnancy, or illness. Only chronic back pain with no identifiable systemic cause (i.e., not associated with metastatic, inflammatory, infectious, etc. disease) will be covered. Dry needling and acupuncture injection therapy are also not covered by Medicare. 

For more information on your specific coverage details and patient costs, always consult with your plan administrator. Your health care provider can discuss your specific treatment plan and prognosis. 

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