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Highlands Ranch Auto Accident Treatment

Adjusting womans neck on tableWhether a low speed fender bender or something more serious, an auto accident can negatively impact your life, health and well-being. At Highlands Family Chiropractic , we’re looking for any injury that can occur from low speed to those major, high impact rollover type crashes. There are three major categories of musculoskeletal injuries; bones, discs, and ligaments can be injured in a crash.

Even low speed “fender benders” can produce well-established objective injuries that help identify for the patient whether they were injured or not in a crash.

Whiplash is a mechanism of injury and is now referred to as acceleration-deceleration injuries with symptoms referred to as whiplash-associated disorders (WAD)—the ligament injuries, disc herniations, and radiculopathy that goes down into the hands and fingers.

You’re in Highly Capable Hands

In practice since 2007, Dr. Hicks has done numerous coursework on trauma management. He is certified by the ICA (International Chiropractic Association) in Advancements in the Management of Traumatic Injuries. Dr. Hicks has also taken the Croft trauma courses, including ones in Chiropractic BioPhysics®, whiplash associated disorders (WAD) or the injury of those tissues caused by whiplash. Dr. Hicks has the experience and expertise to address many auto accident injuries.

What If My Symptoms Were Mild?

Many people think that if they have little to no discomfort after an auto accident, they are okay. Even if symptoms are mild, it’s important to be checked for those injuries. Following an auto accident, many people will head to the ER, urgent care, or their primary care provider.

What happens is at the ER or urgent care, they’re looking for the big major issues, such as fractures, dislocations, or immediate life-threatening conditions. That’s opposed to the injuries that are not immediately life-threatening but will be with the patient for many months or even permanently. Being cleared by the ER doesn’t mean you were not injured, it just means you don’t have an immediate threat on life or limb.

Very few doctors actually know how to look for these injuries or measure them. Most physicians do not, and that emphatically includes those in the ER and urgent care. It’s not that they don’t know how to, but that’s not what they’re looking for.

We provide a multi-pronged approach to care by offering the following:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Exercise rehab
  • Home therapy
  • Traction
  • Decompression and soft tissue work

Your initial visits focus on investigations into the body to identify what is injured. Dr. Hicks will look at your range of motion, muscle spasms, neurological tests like reflexes, and skin sensation changes. Some of these can be subtle, and won’t even have a symptom associated with it until we test it.
Dr. Hicks will perform an in-depth orthopedic, neurological examination, as well as health history. With trauma, we will provide on-site digital X-rays (using AMA guidelines for findings) that we then digitally measure to identify those ligament injuries that help diagnose whether the ligaments are actually injured. The AMA Guidelines are the gold standard for these findings.

When necessary, we additionally refer out for MRIs, as well as digital motion X-rays, to identify those injuries.

Do you work with insurance companies?


Yes, and most of the time it is MedPay, which is one of those services that we believe everyone should have. It’s incredibly affordable insurance, and it is designed to protect you in the event of a crash. The reason everyone should have it is because it doesn’t matter who is at fault to use MedPay. Having regular health insurance is not a suitable replacement for MedPay even if your insurance agent says so, or manages to save you a couple bucks on your premium. Make sure to have MedPay and consider adding more. We recommend $10,000.

Will I get adjusted on my first visit?

Not always. For example, we need to determine if there’s joint instability. With a ligament injury, you have an unstable joint in your neck. We want to know if you have that condition prior to treatment. So in some cases, it’s not appropriate to adjust on that first visit.

Some chiropractors will adjust an auto accident patient on the first visit, just to get them out of pain. However, doing so can actually cause bigger injury to those ligaments. In our clinic, we will do everything we can to properly begin the healing process and pain relief on your first visit.


How long is the first visit?

Depending on the severity of injuries and the site(s) of pain, it can be as short as 30 to 45 minutes. For a patient with more serious injuries, we can spend upwards of two hours, as we have to address multiple areas of their body, perform proper evaluations, and order appropriate testing.
How long will it take to heal?

There are many types of injuries, but we’re going to focus on the most common types of injuries: a self-resolving injury and a permanent injury. A self-resolving injury is like a simple sprain/strain. For example, in the case of somebody who steps off a curb and mildly tweaks an ankle, 2-6 weeks from now, they forget they even did it. Those types of injuries can occur in a car crash. They also require minimal treatment.

The reason we do a thorough exam is that we want to answer whether you avoided serious injury or not. For example, in the case of a more significant ligament injury, the body may have a permanent injury, and thereby rateable by AMA Guidelines, that will require future care. In these cases, your attorney will fight for your long term status and not just a quick settlement. Unfortunately, these are the injuries missed by most treating chiropractors. We go the extra length to objectively identify the presence of these injuries.

Book an Appointment

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, it’s important to get checked immediately. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hicks.
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Auto Accident Treatment Highlands Ranch CO | (303) 779-7933

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