by Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.
With a motor vehicle accident, pain may start immediately, or can take more than two weeks to fully express. Medical professionals agree that the best thing you can do if you have been involved in a collision is to seek treatment within the first 72 hours after the accident; even if the accident is considered a “minor fender bender”.
In addition to the physical exam and early documentation of the accident in your medical records, having a thermogram as quickly after the accident as possible can also provide a valuable record of your initial injuries. Thermography takes a picture of your body using heat to detect inflammation and other potential issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye, or on x-rays and other medical tests. Thermography can also be used to document progress as a patient improves with treatment.
Acupuncture has long been used to relieve the pain associated with injuries. It strengthens the connective tissue, decreases inflammation and facilitates muscular relaxation and is used to effectively treat neck muscles and muscles around the spine; most often affected as a result of car accidents. Acupuncture can also stop the cycle of muscle spasms and increase circulation; promoting the body to heal itself. We offer both traditional and no-needles acupuncture along with other supportive modalities.
Most auto-accident patients’ services are covered 100% by auto insurance (theirs or the other party), with no out of pocket expense. We will work with your attorney (we can recommend one if you do not have one) and verify your insurance and file your claim for our services for you (including regular treatment/progress notes as requested).
Dr. Carla Garcia is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She was trained in western medicine and naturopathy before becoming a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Her deep understanding of western medicine along with Chinese and natural/integrative medicine is a major benefit to her patients. She offers complete acupuncture services in addition to thermography and ELR (energy light rejuvenation) treatments – a powerfully effective, natural alternative to invasive facial rejuvenation. 505-271-6608, www.ThermographyNM.com.