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Motor Vehicle Injury

Motor Vehicle Injuries

We provide a variety of treatment options for injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents. These injuries most commonly include whiplash; back and neck pain, muscle strain; shoulder injuries; and elbow, wrist, and hand fractures. Patients with motor vehicle accident injuries can be treated by practitioners at any of our clinics.

Common Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Whiplash (cervical strain/sprain, or hyperextension) is the most common soft-tissue injury associated with motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash symptoms may include stiffness of the neck and shoulders, sharp neck pains, back pain, pain or weakness of the arms, jaw pain, headaches, fatigue, visual disturbances, tinnitus, and problems with memory and concentration.

Other Injuries
Other common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents may include fractures, sprains, strains, soreness, swelling, bruising, and stiffness in the muscles and joints. When left untreated, whiplash and other injuries can cause chronic pain and discomfort. Even if your injuries appear to be minor, we recommend that you see your care provider as soon as possible following a motor vehicle accident in order to assess the extent of your injuries and form a treatment plan.

Treatment Options
Depending upon the type and extent of your injuries, there are a variety of treatment options that you and your care provider might choose. These may include immobilization (braces, splints, or casts), medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, or combinations of these and/or other treatments. It is important to be examined as soon as possible and to discuss your symptoms with your care provider so that they can work with you to create the best possible treatment plan.

Oregon Personal Injury Protection
Personal injury protection (PIP) is medical and wage-loss insurance that is required for every Oregon non-commercial auto insurance policy. PIP is intended to cover your medical expenses. When your PIP is exhausted, we will bill your medical insurance. If you are not covered by medical insurance or it’s a plan that we do not accept, a $150 deposit is required for each appointment. If your medical insurance does not fully cover treatment for your motor vehicle injuries, please contact your auto insurance carrier for information regarding your PIP coverage.

Health Insurance
Some health insurance companies have limitations when it comes to covering treatment for injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Please contact your health insurance carrier to determine what services are covered by your plan.