Car Accident Chiropractic Care

It is extremely important to seek chiropractic care as soon as possible after an auto accident in order to prevent further damage to your musculoskeletal system and extend the time to recover. Many car accident injuries, such as whiplash, aren’t immediately obvious. In the absence of blood or bruising, you may assume you were fortunate to escape serious injury and consequently delay scheduling a chiropractic exam for days or even weeks until symptoms appear.

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Car Accident Chiropractic Care FAQ

When do I visit an auto accident chiropractor?

If you are experiencing severe bleeding, fractures, shock, concussion – or if you have hit your head, first go to the emergency room.

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Then, you can perform a search for “car accident chiropractor near me”, or come directly to Shadowood Chiropractic Center (we accept walk-ins) for x-rays and a detailed evaluation designed specifically for patients who have sustained car accident injuries.

I don't feel injured, should I still go to the chiropractor?

Many auto accident injury symptoms “hide” at first due to the combination of shock and adrenaline. This may cause you to neglect getting evaluated for very real injuries that could be getting worse and worse. You should always get a post-accident spinal examination, whether you feel okay or not.

What accident injury symptoms do your chiropractors treat?

Our Boca Raton, Florida chiropractors treat a variety of problems associated with car accident injuries, including:

The pain is in my leg, not my back or neck. How can a chiropractor help?

Leg pain following an auto accident is often caused by sciatica, impingement of the leg’s sciatic nerve roots from a herniated disc or swollen tissues. We can administer the Cox Technique to realign the lumbar spine and massage therapy to relieve tissue swelling.

If you have injured your knee, we can perform sophisticated diagnostic imaging to view the extent of the injury, then administer extremity adjustments and/or soft tissue therapy to relieve pain and promote healing.

Can your office work with my insurance company or lawyers?

Yes. Our Boca Raton chiropractors have over 30 years’ experience as an expert witness to help injury sufferers receive the compensation they need. We’re also happy to provide comprehensive documentation to workers’ compensation and insurance providers to facilitate your claim.

Working With Insurance and Attorneys After an Accident

Car accidents can be devastating to your body, your health and mental wellbeing. Our staff is highly knowledgeable and trained in the legal and insurance matters that often arise after an accident. Over the past 30 years, our auto accident chiropractors have received thousands of referrals from local healthcare professionals including internists, orthopedists, neurologists, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, and dentists. Should you need legal counsel we can provide a list of well respected, experienced attorneys who specialize in auto accident injury cases in Boca Raton.


Our front office staff is very experienced in handling the paperwork involved in seeking recompensation and related legal matters that are associated with auto accidents, and we provide a dedicated insurance liaison to ensure you receive the care you are entitled to.

Court Testimony

Dr. Dellabella and our chiropractic staff is highly regarded as an expert in the treatment of the types of injuries sustained in automobile, slip and fall accidents and work related injuries. Over 30 years of experience giving expert testimony in court and at depositions allows our clinic to prepare you for what to expect before, during and after court appearances.

Auto Accident Injury PIP Laws

PIP, or personal injury protection, has specific requirements for victims of auto accidents.

There’s a Time Limit

In order for auto insurance to cover your healthcare, you must seek treatment within 14 days of being involved in a car accident. If you do not obtain care in that timeframe, you void your ability to obtain PIP coverage for the treatment you may need.

Often, you may not feel injuries sustained to your body immediately after an accident – so if you have any muscle soreness in your neck, in your mid-back, in your low-back or anywhere in your body seek a physician’s advice within the first 2 weeks. If you wait until after the 2 week period to visit your physician and chiropractor, you will not be able to use the medical benefits covered under your policy.

Total Coverage Amounts

To obtain the full amount of coverage, individuals must have an “emergency medical condition.” You will need to obtain an emergency medical certificate from a physician so that your PIP Coverage encompasses the full $10,000 policy otherwise the policy only has a $2,500 limit. In some situations, chiropractic care can be obtained over the $2,500 value. However, the law does not require insurance companies to provide victims with coverage for acupuncture treatment or massage therapy.

If you cannot receive coverage over the $2,500 threshold and still need care, you can continue to receive treatment under a Letter of Protection, which is obtained through an attorney who is filing a claim for you. You have the right to seek out legal counsel for the early termination of your PIP benefits.

Impact on Your Premiums

There is no rule in Florida’s PIP law that requires insurance companies to reduce costs for newly reduced benefits, though carriers are encouraged to provide a 10% reduction in premiums.

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