Why should I go to Express Healthcare DC Urgent Care after a motor vehicle accident?
Have you been in a recent motor vehicle accident or MVA? If you haven’t been hauled off to the hospital in an ambulance, come to Express Healthcare DC Urgent Care today to check out our board-certified doctors. Minor bumps and bruises should be evaluated by our experienced staff to ensure you have completely recovered and that lingering injuries don’t fester.
Can you check my head for a concussion?
Yes, we will! Concussions are one of the most common injuries related to a motor vehicle accident, even in minor accidents. While easy to treat, they can cause serious problems if not caught early. The symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to identify on your own, which is why it is important you come to our clinic for an examination. We’ll help keep your brain safe at our facility. We have the equipment to effectively screen you for concussions and treat them.
Can you treat whiplash at your facility?
Whiplash is a severe neck injury and something we can treat at Express Healthcare DC Urgent Care. This injury is the result of a forceful back and forth movement of your neck, similar to the cracking of a whip. While this injury can occur in severe impacts during sporting activities, it is most common in auto accidents when someone is rear-ended. Most symptoms develop within 24 hours and can include neck pain, neck stiffness, loss of motion, a headache starting at the base of the skull, dizziness, fatigue, numbness in the arms, and tenderness or pain in the upper back, arms, and shoulders. Symptoms generally get better in a few weeks with proper treatment, including medication and exercise. A whiplash injury can sometimes be referred to as a neck strain or sprain, but this is a general term that includes other injuries that are not likely to be caused by a motor vehicle accident.
Will you provide me with documentation of my injuries after a motor vehicle accident?
After any visit to any of our Express Healthcare DC Urgent Care locations, we will give you a complete report of your visit. Even if you think your minor injuries will heal on their own, it is important to document them for your medical records. A minor injury now may be the reason for a chronic problem later in life. Documentation of injuries now allows doctors in the future to pinpoint the cause of any issues that may develop over time. If any minor injuries have been caused by your recent accident, we will document them in detail for you. This documentation is often vital for insurance claims and other possible legal actions. If you want to make a claim for medical bills, you will need to document the extent of your injuries. It is often better to get these documented as soon as possible. While your insurance practice is likely to be there for you, protect yourself by making sure our doctors document all your injuries.