Auto Accident


Whether your auto accident was a total loss or a "fender bender" the human body is impacted. The amount of damage to the automobile does not dictate the severity of the injury to the occupants.

Just as you would have your vehicle checked following an accident it is MORE IMPORTANT that you be checked for the possibility of a whiplash, or other soft tissue injury.

Even though the accident may be minor, damage to your body/muscles are real. Soft tissue injuries, invisible on x-rays and often overlooked, can cause severe debilitating pain after a car accident.

Worse yet, if a soft tissue injury is not directly addressed with soft tissue therapy such as medical massage, and left untreated and unresolved, the injured muscles and other soft tissues can end up causing chronic pain for months, years—even decades after the accident.

Unfortunately, the standard healthcare approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain-killers and potentially dangerous anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own.

See your primary care physician; chiropractor or other medical provider & ask them for a referral for massage therapy.



Is it a good idea to have clinical massage treatments at the same time I'm in physical therapy?

That will be up to your doctor. We find that generally the thing that generates the most improvement is doing both at the same time. Just be sure that your PT appointments are not on the same day as your clinical massage appointments, or your insurance company may choose to not pay for one or the other, and it may be several months of regular treatment before you find out your insurance company won't pay. 

Will my insurance cover medical massage?

It depends on your insurance policy. All automobile accident insurance policies are required to pay for what your doctor finds medically necessary. This is called Personal Injury Protection, and the minimum legal amount you can have on an Oregon auto insurance policy is fifteen thousand dollars. Some other types of policies will also pay for medical massage. As a victim of an accident you are allowed to see ANY provider that YOU CHOOSE for your care. In most situations there is NO OUT OF POCKET expense to you.



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