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What to expect in 6 easy steps:
1. Call Oregon Injury Clinic to answer your questions and concerns and to make your appointment, 503.570.7770.
2. Allow Oregon Injury Clinic staff to help you understand and fill out appropriate paper work.
3. Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) medical examination to determine extent of injuries. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of individuals of ALL AGES.
4. Order special tests such as X-Rays, MRIs or CTs, and refer if indicated.
5. Review and implement treatment plan to eliminate your pain and optimize your body function as quickly as possible.
6. Allow Oregon Injury Clinic staff to manage payments through your insurance. In the State of Oregon, you, your family members, and any passengers in your vehicle have a minimum of $15,000.00 each to cover treatment costs.
What Can I Expect at my First Visit?
When you arrive at Oregon Injury Clinic, our staff will assist you in filling out all necessary paper work. The doctor will then perform a detailed evaluation from head to toe, to ensure that the appropriate treatments and referrals are implemented. During your evaluation, it will be determine if an x-ray, MRI or CT is appropriate. These studies can provide critical information about your body, yet, are not always needed. Typically, your treatment will start the same day of your initial appointment. Your doctor will determine if one or a combination of our different treatments is best for your injuries (see treatments provided below). When it comes to the management of your care, you are in control. No treatment is performed without your full understanding of the treatment plan and your consent. We work within your comfort level and modify treatment plans accordingly. Because injuries sustained from an auto accident can be very complex, it is important to utilize the appropriate combination of therapies and techniques to optimize your recovery. These include, but are not limited to the following therapies and techniques:
Adjustments/joint mobilization: We offer two different types of spinal adjustments. 1. Manual or “hands on” adjustments. 2. Low force adjustments with the Arthrostim instrument, an alternative to the manual adjustment. Spinal adjustments help restore the spine to its pre-injury state and take pressure off nerves, joints and muscles to decrease pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.
Exercise rehabilitation: Appropriate exercises are important to improve the stability of joints that have become unstable as a result of an auto accident and improve their strength.
Ultrasound: Ultrasonic deep heat provides an edge in the healing process for ligaments and tendons that are often injured as a result of traumatic accidents. Ligaments provide stability for joints and tendons provide movement of muscles. Ultrasound has been shown to be one of few treatments that speed the healing of ligaments and tendons.
Low Level Laser: Cold laser also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a FDA approved treatment that uses light energy to heal damaged tissues from auto injuries. Cold laser therapy is a painless and non-invasive therapy that can reduce pain and swelling of joints.
Massage: With traumatic injuries the muscles, tendons and ligaments are often damaged. This causes the muscles to spasm, become inflamed, develop trigger points and shorten. Massage therapy can help correct these issues and speed up your recovery time.
Cupping Therapy: Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine in which cups are used to create a gentle suction of the skin, causing the skin to lift. This process helps improve blood circulation and remove unwanted toxins from the body. It can also be utilized as a form of massage. By moving the cups along the surface of your body, the suction helps to break up scar tissue and release tight muscles and trigger points.
Kinesiotape: Kinesiotape is a special medical tape that allows for healing of muscles and ligaments to occur between your treatments. Kineso tape can be used to reduce inflammation, decrease pain, protect injured joints and increase healing time.
Spinal Decompression: Spinal decompression tables allow for superior treatment of spinal disc related injuries. Disc injuries can create pressure on nerves, causing numbness, tingling, weakness of your arms and legs. Spinal decompression helps decrease pressure on your nerves, as a result, it decreases pain and restores function of arm and leg function.
Muscle Stimulation: Muscle stimulation or interferential current (IFC) is a type of stimulation to the muscles that feels like a massage. The device is attached to the area of complaint and turned up slowly to your level of comfort. Muscle stimulation can achieve the following: 1. Reduce muscle spasms 2. Reduce inflammation 3. Reduce pain immediately 4. Accelerate tissue healing We also understand and know that the collaboration with other health care specialists is crucial to optimize your recovery.
Top 15 symptoms we help to eliminate: • Back pain • Neck pain • Dolor de espalda • Dolor de cuello • Sciatica • Concussion • Tingling, numbness, and/or burning in arms or legs • Headaches • Trouble sleeping • Dizziness • Ringing in ears • Fatigue • Anxiety/Increased stress level • Memory difficulties • Vision changes/difficulties • Jaw pain
Do you treat children and infants after a car accident? Is it safe? Absolutely! Not only is it safe for infants and children of all ages to be treated by a chiropractor, it is also very important for your children to be evaluated after being in a car accident. Your children are often unable to express how they feel and injuries can often be missed or undiagnosed without the appropriate evaluation and management. At Oregon Injury Clinic our doctors create a comfortable and safe environment for you and your children. After a thorough history and physical examination, it will be determined if our gentle, safe, and effective treatments are appropriate to treat your child’s injuries and if referrals to other specialists are necessary. At Oregon Injury Clinic, we promote and understand the importance of parents playing an active role in the health of their children. We want to help provide you with the appropriate resources to secure the health of your family. Call 503-570-7770.
Who pays for the treatment? What is Personal Injury Protection? Typically, your auto insurance will pay for all of the treatments at our clinic. An important point to remember is that your auto insurance will pay for the treatments if you have been hit OR you hit another vehicle. This is what is known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It is referred to as no-fault insurance, because covered claims are paid regardless of who is at fault in the accident. This includes all examinations, treatments, supplements and medical supplies.
What is a Claim? Why Do I Need One? We advise that you call your insurance company to report the accident and obtain a claim number for billing purposes. Often you will need two claim numbers, one for your medical coverage and another for property damage to your vehicle. Your insurance carrier will need the following to obtain a claim number: Policy number (can be found on your insurance card). Date of the accident. Location of the accident. Description of how the accident occurred./ even pictures help Name, address, license plate, and insurance information for the other party involved. Name of the police department involved (if applicable). Police report number (if applicable). Your insurance carrier may ask for additional information. Be sure to file your claim promptly after the accident, if possible.However, we can assist you with this and you can begin treatment before you have your claim number.
How often are the treatments and for how long? This all depends on the extent of your injuries and the doctor will advise you on the best treatment plan for you. There are some individuals that only required three to four treatments to reach a full recovery. However, it is not uncommon for injuries sustained from an auto accident to require three months to a year of treatment. The frequency can range from one treatment a month to three times a week, depending on the severity of your injuries. Daily treatment time varies depending on evaluations and treatments performed.
Am I required to report the accident? If any of the following situations apply to you, you are required to report the accident to the Oregon DMV within 72 hours of the accident using the following form: www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/32.pdf * Damage to your vehicle is over $1500 * Injury (no matter how minor) * Death * Damage to any one person’s property over $1500 * Any vehicle has damage over $1500 and any vehicle is towed from the scene as a result of damages.
There is minimal car damage, yet, I am hurt and in pain. Is this common? Unfortunately, this is a very common occurrence. Scientific articles have shown that significant injuries to the body can occur at speeds at low as 5-10mph. Furthermore, because of the structure of modern vehicles, more of the force of the impact sustained in a car accident is transferred directly to the occupants at lower speeds; because the vehicles don’t begin to absorb the force until they reach approximately 15mph.