No More Physical Therapy

United States
March 31, 2008 8:27pm CST
I was told that I don't need to go to Physical Therapy anymore. I do have to see a chiropractor. Tuesday is my first appointment. Although I am not certain that this will work, I am willing to give it a try. My shoulder and neck still cause me discomfort and can be a bit painful when I over work myself. I was told not to do too much, but how can I not? My work is cleaning. It is hard to push a mop and not put some effort into it. I still need to apply heat to the shoulder and neck muscles and if I can get the hubby to do a massage that would help too. But, that is only for pain management. Today while at the office for my check-up, I met a friend who told me that she has had whiplash since 2006 and it is still causing her problems. The insurance adjuster was at my house a couple of weeks ago. I expect him to call me soon to see if I am ready to sign off. I have already told him that I will not sign anything until I am certain that I am physically well enough to do so. I believe I should consult a lawyer at this point to see what I should do.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Apr 08
so sorry to hear about your issues, I have pain due to fibromyalgia and nobody will take that seriously, I don't know what to do, I still have to re-apply for temperary disability because that is all they will allow me, I had it for six months and I have to do it again. being that you are in the states and I am in canada I don't know how your laws go on this.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I surely hope this isn't a long term thing..although only time will tell..good luck with the chiropractor and all..I do think that you should consult a lawyer just to make sure your rights aren't violated...I sure do hope you get better...
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• Taiwan
2 Apr 08
I'm sorry about that because physical therapy is my job. I think maybe some point your therapist lost result in poor outcome. So, hope you will restore quickly.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I got hit while sitting at a stoplight back in 1972. My car was totaled and I was diagnosed as having a sprained neck Though it seemed to heal after a few days, my neck would bother me from time to time, and through the years, the pain and stiffness in my neck has increased in incidences. I have to go see a chiropractor occasionally, and I'm always careful about how I sleep, so my neck is supported properly. Of course, if I had known then how much trouble I would eventually have, I never would have signed off so easily. I got a job as a chiropractic assistant, and while I worked there, I treated many patients who had the same sorts of chronic neck problems as a result of whiplash.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
2 Apr 08
I would entirely agree. My husband received a serious whiplash injury five years ago in a car accident that was not his fault. He ended up seeing a Lawyer & got $30,000 compensation out of it. Do not sign anything until you have received legal advice. My hubby used the heatpads & sometimes the heat cream, which helped at times.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Definitely consult with a lawyer. See what all they suggest and what they say you might be able to get. Also I don't know what all tests they have done or what doctors you have seen but make sure they have done an MRI. I was in an accident almost 14 years ago, I was put at maximum medical improvement even though they never did an MRI, just went by X-Rays. My doctor today wants to know how they could do that without an MRI since they show far more what is going on. You want to make sure everything is located and anything that can be fixed is fixed. I still have major problems with my neck, shoulders, back and hips all from that accident and my condition will continue to deteriorate and of course now I can't do anything about it. Don't sign off until you are sure on it all. That you know what your condition will be and what needs to be done.
• United States
1 Apr 08
I think you would be right to see an atty, then I would tell you to ask your Dr about perscribing massage therapy. I have a few clients that have perscriptions for massage and they turn in the invoices I give them to the insurance company and get reimbursed. Go to the Chiropractor then get a massage or do it the other way around, the two modalities work hand in hand with eachother to get to the root of the problem and relieve the pain. Sometimes the muscles deep in the neck get so tight a regular massage from your spouse will help for a minute but a good therapist can get it to release and stop the pain all together
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• United States
1 Apr 08
You should contact a lawyer immediately. Not only will they keep the insurance reps from hassling you to sign off and settle before you should, but they will also negotiate a better settlement for you. You need to also follow the doctor's advice, even though it is hard, I know. Whiplash can cause major problems later down the road if you don't follow the doctor's advice. My daughter was in a severe accident, and is now going to have to have surgery on her shoulder, because she didn't do what the doc said, and rest and not do too much...it was hard for her, especially with a one year old running around. She finally got a lawyer, and he has really helped her. Most lawyers will take the case with you paying nothing up front, they will take their share at the settlement. I would shop around and find an attorney that is reliable and that you feel comfortable with though. Ask your friend for her lawyers name, and others as well. Hugs and I hope you get to feeling better my friend.
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
1 Apr 08
i agree with consulting a lawyer.. but be VERY careful with what chiropractor you decide to see and research him thoroughly and get refferences before hand. my first visit with one left me unable to walk or stand without crumpling for over two years due to the fact he tore all the muscles off my spine and gave me whplash md said i had the equivalent to a car wreck. proceed with extreme caution.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 08
Sweetie I am sorry that you are still in this Pain and I don't blame you for not signing anything umtil you have the all clear I do hope that something is going to help you I agree that you should get a Lawyer involved in this Big Hugs to you
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I would not sign off on anything until I was sure there would be no more expenses further down the road. Lawyers are expensive but you may need one. Have you ever tried Legal Aid? I have use our local branch and have had very good free and helpful results.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Well, that is some great news. I'm glad that it is just narrowed down to the chiroprator now. I hope you get to feeling better soon. I would definitely seek a lawyer. The company will try to rip you off without one and they will leave you hanging with the extra medical bills if you have any. I would get an attorney quick!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I would see a lawyer, you can probably get a free consultation. Better to be safe than sorry. Who knows it may affect the rest of your life. I first hurt my back when I was much younger and a lot less wise. I settled for 600.00 and now I can barely walk and am in constant pain with a herniated disc that probably was damaged then. I hope the chiropractor helps, it did me years ago. I asked my pain doctor about it last week when I was in for a shot. He said "you can try a chiropractor it might work or it could make it worse" Well jeez thanks for the great advice....lol Brightest Blessings, Mari
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
1 Apr 08
yeah if you are still in pain you proberly do need to go to physical therapy. I have been through it 2 times myself. I am walking a lot better then I was and standing better. Were as before I was falling when I stood in one place. I guess I am finished I will have to wait untill I see my nerologist to see what his nurse practioner says. I use a 10s unit myself for shoulder pain.
@ladysakurax (1163)
• Canada
1 Apr 08
That must hurt :/ sorry to hear that. Maybe can you try another job that requires less physical activity? Maybe working in an office would be good for you :O First off, you have to take care of your health. I have a friend who was a pianist. She practiced for 4-5 hours straight and she went to the hospital as she couldn't move her hands at all. She then had tendonite or something like that..so that was 2 years ago and she can't play piano ever again. So I hope you will feel better. So I know that the insurance guy cannot force you to sign off. Here in Canada, the content in the contract is important. The customer and the insurance cannot go against the contract. I know there are certain disease which could be excluded depending in the company. I believe that your insurance covers random accident and diseases which could affect your work. So if your current situation is not excluded from the contract, you will win the case. If your case was excluded but he didn't not inform you properly or the conditions were writing small, it is a form of abbuse and you can take them to court. So goodluck.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I've had whiplash two times now, the first one 30 years ago and the second one about 15 years ago. I still have trouble with my neck and referred pain to the arm. I got a very small settlement for the first accident and nothing for the second since I didn't go to the hospital after the accident. I know the adjusters will pressure you. If you can find a good lawyer, it wouldn't hurt to get an opinions for sure.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I think I would definitely talk with a lawyer. I would just be a little worried. I hope you start feeling better soon.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
29 May 08
elusivebutterfly I had whiplash a numberof years'back' and I was forever getting such pain in my neck..My husband always managed to massage it out for me. He would say I have a big muscle knot in my neck and shoulder.I had been in a cab that ran up over a sidewalk and then down onto the concrete and it whipped my neck something fierce.Finally I have gotten so it no longer bothers me.