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Medical Issues

1) Since the crash, I fear traffic. What should I do?

Post collision driving anxiety is a very common, expected response. You may have Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be disabling and consuming. PTSD is invisible. PTSD is frequently misunderstood and even doubted. Early PTSD testing by a qualified psychologist can provide crucial proof of the condition.

TIP: Tell your primary care physician of your fear and how anxiety affects everyday life. Request a referral to a psychologist with experience in testing and treating PTSD. Get tested for PTSD and then request a personalized treatment plan.

2) Since the crash, my arms or legs are numb. What should I do?

Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs are signs of nerve impingement, neurological damage or neurological disease. Neurological problems are complex, often have multiple causes and can be hard to treat.

TIP: Don’t rely on the advice of a general practitioner if you suspect neurological damage. Seek a referral to a neurologist with expertise relevant to your neurological problem. Testing may be needed to properly diagnose.

TIP: Neurologists are in short supply and it can take several weeks to get an appointment. . If you experience persisting numbness or tingling, request a referral to a neurologist right away.

3) Symptoms persist despite chiropractic, acupuncture or massage. What should I do?

Seek a second opinion of a medical specialist. Ineffective therapies waste money, time and can be dangerous.

As an injury accident survivor you have two goals: 1. healing; and, 2. creating a record supporting just compensation. Insurance companies resist and decision makers devalue, claims involving a high volume of alternative care without medical doctor approval. Decision makers favor claims supported by well-reasoned medical opinions and testing. Get that.

TIP: Some unscrupulous alternative care providers will not refer patients for MRI testing or specialists in order to preserve PIP coverage for paying for their own care. Do not to waste PIP medical coverage on “treatments” that do not work.