Healing after an accident can be a lot of things but easy. A car accident can maim you physically, leave you an emotional wreck, and not spare your psyche by leaving a trauma. You probably can relate to this, or maybe not; either way, keep reading.
Practically, after a car accident, you wound up in a hospital to get the required treatment related to the degree of damage done to your body. Whether you were seriously injured or not, a whole-body assessment is carried out to rule out any possible outcomes from the accident. These outcomes can range from head injuries, neck injuries, facial injuries, collarbone, back or spinal cord, low extremities injuries, internal injury, and even psychological, as mentioned earlier. In the wake of an accident, recovery can be slow and tumultuous, which brings us to how we can help ourselves holistically to recover faster from an accident.
Tips To Consider
- The severity of the injury
- How your body works with the treatment
- Underlying ailments
Do note that all solutions proffered are not definite as to how long or short your recovery will be, but the following will aid you to stay on the course, ultimately producing the required results you want to see.
1. Seek Medical Examination
This is the most logical step to take after an accident. For some accidents, the damage is not visible and may take a while to show its results, while for others, it’s easier to spot. The smartest way is to go to a hospital to get adequate treatment, this way, there is no impending doom lurking around the corner, and you can focus on healing and recovery.
Also, your medical needs may not necessarily be attended to by your regular physician. There are specialist doctors that are trained to examine and treat a car accident victim. Therefore, be proactive in your choice of a doctor as you did your seeking medical help if you truly want to experience that seamless recovery.
2. Get Legal Representation
After an accident, dealing with lawyers may not be the first thing on your mind. However, it is important that you get appropriate legal representation to help you claim any compensation for soft tissue damage after a car accident and also for insurance purposes. So, get your personal injury lawyer on the phone and get the process started as soon as you can.
3. Adhere to Your Treatment Plan
It is very common for most accident victims to fall into a state of self-pity where everything seems irritable, inclusive of the treatment prescribed for recovery. This may sound easy to say but hard to execute, but you should fight to never go that route. You have to adhere to all the recommendations from the doctor. This is the spine of your recovery process. Your body will strive to heal itself, and you need external treatments to speed up that healing process. Do not break the routine, which may be complete rest, regular intake of drugs prescribed, physical therapy exercises, and necessary follow-up with your doctor. Here you can talk to your doctor about any reservations you may or may not have regarding your treatment and your body’s response.
4. Eat Right
This is the wrong time to be lazy about your feeding habits. This is not the time to be indulgent either. A lot of intentionality goes in here that spurs your healing process. You want to have generous meals that heal and replenish all that you have lost. Foods are rich in protein, vitamins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. These do not only help you recover faster, but they also help refuel your body, resulting in faster recovery.
5. Exercise, Stretch, and Rest
This trio can not be overemphasized. Amidst those mentioned above, without these three steps, you might be lengthening your road to recovery. After a car accident, your physiotherapist maps out certain light exercises and stretches that can help to heal and to gain back your mobility. These exercises should be taken seriously and a ritual formed by them. It is understandable to have exercise at the lowest end of your priority list after a car accident that typically leaves you feeling like jelly. Anyway, it is what it is, and these exercises will also help connect your brain to those affected parts, thereby eroding those jelly-like tendencies. While you are at it, let your rest be equivalent to how you exercise because they work in tandem to give you the desired result – faster recovery.
In all, take it easy on yourself. Allow your body to go through the course. Do not be in a rush that veers you off track. Stay consistent, do the rounds and watch your healing bloom.