According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2009 there were 10.8 million reported auto accidents in the United States. Unfortunately many involve a musculoskeletal pain injury, such as whiplash, low back pain, extremity pain (neck, hand, arm, shoulder, leg, foot) with numbness or tingling, and general muscle pain. Such injuries can be very expensive to treat and may develop into long term or chronic pain problems if acupuncture treatment does not begin right away.
We have treated many auto accident patients with acupuncture. Whether they have been in a car accident or motorcycle accident, acupuncture provided them effective pain relief and a speedy recovery by decreasing their inflammatory responses, decreasing their pain, and increasing their blood circulation.
While some noticed the pain immediately after their accident, others didn’t begin to experience pain for almost 2 weeks after the accident.
In any case, we recommend acupuncture treatment begin immediately.
For auto accident patients experiencing stabbing pains, weakness, tingling or aching pains in their muscles, we often use an acupuncture technique commonly referred to as Trigger Point Therapy. TPT allows our acupuncturists to identify and determine a patient’s sensitive trigger points from specific muscles or entire muscle groups. We then stimulate these trigger points that release endorphins to relax the muscles and loosen any tight nerves. TPT is very effective to restore the natural balance of the patient’s muscles before the accident.
In addition to lessening physical pain, acupuncture can reduce any negative emotions from an auto accident. For example, in response to a “no-fault” auto accident, it would be natural and expected to experience the negative emotion of Anger. Treating certain acupuncture points would allow us to move through the natural process of Anger with greater mental calmness and with evenness of temper. We look to calm anger traits like resentment, frustration, and irritability because they can manifest to ill-health ailments like hypertension or high blood tension if not untreated.
In California, motorists are required to have least $15,000 Liability Bodily Injury coverage per person. This money can be used to offset any medical bills for treatment. The good news is that you are often allowed to seek care from the health care practitioner of your choice, including acupuncturists. We recommend you check with your auto insurance provider.
Try acupuncture to treat your auto accident injury. Schedule an appointment or call (714) 828-2345 at WooRee Alternative Medical Group in Anaheim, CA to learn how you may be able to have your auto insurance pay for acupuncture medical bills.