Motor vehicle collisions often result in grave physical injury. That’s no secret. But people need to be aware of the many therapeutic options available to them when they’re unfortunate enough to be injured in a car accident.
While insurers have been slow to recognize the value of massage therapy as a treatment which is reimbursable, car accidents are something of an exception. Insurers are waking up to its role in recovery and the comfort and healing it can bring, especially when addressing soft tissue injuries.
So, if you’re asking, “Can I get massage therapy for my car accident injury pain?”, the answer is yes. While there’s more paperwork involved to claim massage therapy as a reimbursable treatment, it’s worth your while, if you’re experiencing pain in the wake of an automobile accident.
Types of injuries treated
The most common of all injuries arising from motor vehicle collisions is, of course, whiplash. Whiplash may not manifest as pain for several days or weeks following an accident, but when it does, it can persist for some time and massage therapy is an effective support for recovery.
And despite the fact that seatbelts save lives, they can also be responsible for serious injury. While you will be kept in your seat and prevented from being thrown through the windshield on impact, severe bruising can occur. More gravely, internal injuries can result from the compression resulting from the seatbelt restraining you.
But once it’s been established that no bones have been broken and there are no internal injuries, massage therapy is an ideal treatment to ease pain and restore balance to soft tissue that’s been injured.
Are you covered?
As I said earlier, insurers haven’t been very kind to massage therapy with respect to reimbursing patients for seeking it out, or therapists for the considerable paperwork required. That said, massage therapy is covered for car accidents by most Personal Injury Policies or the No-Fault provisions of your car insurance
Documentation is key to ensuring that you’re reimbursed. Working with your massage therapist in this respect also ensures that he or she is protected from inadequate reimbursement. Discuss this with your therapist in advance.
Massage therapy for car accident injuries is a viable treatment option for many patients. It may be delivered as a standalone service. But at Back & Body Medical, we practice 4 distinct disciplines which can be applied collaboratively to address a variety of pain issues in the wake of a car accident.
My chiropractic care is complemented by acupuncture, physical therapy and sports medicine, with massage therapy forming a part of what we do here. This multi-disciplinarian approach has garnered our groundbreaking facility awards for our work in Manhattan.
Now available for patients in New Jersey, Back & Body’s integrated approach delivers outstanding outcomes for patients who’ve been involved in motor vehicle collisions. Applying a patient-centered approach in which you partner with our clinicians, we bring you individualized care that provides pain relief as unique as you and your injuries are.