Bicycle accidents are a common cause of fractures and injuries to the spine. At NJ Health & Injury solutions, our doctors have experience in treating patients who have sustained fractures and injuries while riding a bicycle. Bicycle accidents tend to be less serious than motorcycle accidents due to lower speeds despite having the level of exposure to the road. Individuals should avoid riding bicycles when there is snow or ice on the road. It is imperative for all cyclists to wear a helmet to minimize the possibility of head trauma, and it is also required by law in New Jersey.
If you have just been in a bicycle accident and you experience pain or bleeding, immediately seek medical assistance at the nearest hospital emergency room. Have someone else call an ambulance if you are conscious but unable to move. If your bicycle is involved in an accident with another motorcycle, motor vehicle, or truck, the driver’s auto insurance should cover the liability.
Bicycle conditions generally involve less force than motorcycle accidents, but all riders are still vulnerable to injury. Long-term symptoms may not appear until a few hours or even a few days following the accident. If you believe that you have experienced any injuries in the days following a bicycle accident, you should be evaluated by one of our chiropractors at NJ Health & Injury Solutions. At any time, if you feel pain in the neck, back, shoulder, elbow, arm, or jaw, it is important to see a physician as soon as possible. You may also want to be evaluated at NJ Health & Injury Solutions if you experience headaches or memory loss following a bicycle accident. Our chiropractors and physical therapists have a great deal of experience in evaluating victims of bicycle accidents to determine if the patient’s pain and discomfort is the result of the bicycle accident and whether any chiropractic treatment and/or physical therapy is needed to rehabilitate the patient.
Patient Evaluation and Treatment
If you are referred to us by your physician or attorney following an accident involving a bicycle, we will schedule an initial consultation to evaluate you and determine if you would benefit from chiropractic treatment and/or physical therapy. Our doctors at NJ Health & Injury solutions routinely work with personal injury attorneys and insurance companies to help maximize payouts related to damages and personal injuries for accident victims. If no motor vehicle or truck was involved in the accident, you may need to check with your health insurance policy instead to determine if the cost of the clinical evaluation, diagnostic tests, diagnostic imaging, and consultation are usually covered.
At NJ Health & Injury Solutions, we have unparalleled expertise in evaluating and successfully treating accident victims who have experienced soft tissue injuries. Common injuries following bicycle accidents include: head injury, leg injury, foot injury, back injury, broken ribs, skull fracture, internal bleeding, knee trauma, herniated discs, and concussion. The evaluation of each patient will be individually tailored to the patient’s personal account of pain and discomfort. If the doctor believes it is appropriate, the patient may be encouraged to undergo an X-Ray, MRI, CT scan, and/or PET scan. If a cyclist has experienced facial trauma or a jaw injury such as following a bicycle accident, they may be referred to an oral surgeon or TMJ specialist for evaluation as well.
The practitioner will interpret the results of the diagnostic images and tests and provide a customized diagnosis for the motorcycle accident victim. Our doctors at NJ Health & Injury solutions have experience in working with health insurance companies to maximize coverage to cover the cost of treatment.
Once the patient has been comprehensively evaluated by our team at NJ Health & Injury solutions, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that we will discuss with the patient. This may involve plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, chiropractic treatment, and/or physical therapy. Chiropractors may treat neck and shoulder pain by realigning the muscles and massaging the affected areas. Our doctors may also teach the patient stretching exercises to facilitate optimal healing and recovery. Once the patient has committed to our individually tailored treatment plan, we will commit to treating our patients until they are rehabilitated and functional. If you are feeling pain or suffering resulting from a bicycle accident, please contact NJ Health & Injury to schedule an evaluation.