Normally when you are at the emergency room, you will tell the emergency room physician your primary complaints of pain. Sometimes this may simply be "neck pain" or "knee pain." They are a triage type of facility that handles your most acute pain and you are not expected to give them a laundry list of all your pain symptoms from head to toe.
Furthermore, after an accident, the body is filled with adrenaline and shock and you may not feel all of your injury symptoms until you try to "wake up the next morning and feel like crap." Many of our clients have difficulty waking up the next day or even moving the next day after their motorcycle accident.
After returning home, they attempt to make an appointment with the referred doctor or their primary care physician and sometimes, they cannot get into their primary care physician or referred doctor for days or weeks. Especially if you have an HMO, it may be difficult for you to see your primary care physician. If this is the case, we request that you go to the emergency room or to your primary care physician location such as Kaiser to see any doctor for your pain. If you wait a day, weeks or months to seek treatment for injuries received in a motorcycle accident, you may endanger your health, or, you may not get the proper care for your injuries.
Furthermore, any delay delay in seeking medical treatment for your motorcycle injuries may reduce the chances of being able to prove that the injuries were caused or related to the accident. As time passes, the causation between accident and injuries becomes more remote.
As such, we recommend that you seek immediate follow up care with your primary care physician for your motorcycle accident injuries. Then, during your initial visit with your primary care physician, chiropractor or healthcare professional, you should advise your doctor about the mechanics of the injury, how your body fell and hit the pavement, and what parts of your body are injured. At this time, it would be good to go with a laundry list from head to toe of all parts of your body that hurt whether they are major or minor. You may also be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10. Your primary care physician should then request and receive your emergency room records and X-rays to avoid duplicative X-ray charges. Your primary care physician will then perform a full examination, provide the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. This may include a conservative course of physical therapy, prescriptive anti-inflammatory pain medication, or other medically necessary prescribed care.
In many cases, your primary care physician will refer you to physical therapy or to another specialist for follow up care.
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