In a Car Accident? 5 Steps to Get on the Road to Recovery

Posted On Thursday, 25 October 2018
In a Car Accident? 5 Steps to Get on the Road to Recovery

No matter how serious, a car accident can be a very traumatic experience. The last thing you want to think about after you're in an accident is dealing with the short and long-term physical effects of the crash. Unfortunately, it is also essential that you do deal with these issues as quickly as possible.

Getting back on track is possible using the right tools. In this article, we will go over five steps to take to get on the proper road to recovery.

Visit a Doctor
Even if you are feeling fine, you may have internal injuries. The first step on the road to recovery is to visit with a medical professional for a full checkup. This goes double if you are feeling any pain in your extremities, back, or neck. Whiplash is a common result of a car accident that can often go unnoticed, and while simple to treat in most cases, it is important to treat injuries early to prevent them from worsening to something more serious.

Physical Therapy
While properly-administered pain medicine is extremely beneficial for a variety of conditions, physical therapy has been shown to have more effective results over the long term of recovery. Car accident physical therapy takes the form of exercises, massages, and a holistic plan/approach to get you back on your feet. Depending on the injury in question, you may need to wear some sort of brace or prosthetic to help your body heal in the correct way, and this can only be properly prescribed by a licensed professional therapist.

Exercise
Regular physical activity can do wonders for your emotional, mental and physical well-being. If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, make sure to consult your doctor as to which exercises you should do, or if you should exercise at all. It is important to keep your body moving, but it is equally important to avoid putting strain on an injury that’s still healing.

Emotional Therapy
Many people develop issues related to PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, after they are in a serious or even not-so-serious accident. Even minor fender benders can cause bad memories, anxiety, and other symptoms. Speaking with a mental health professional is nothing to be ashamed of, and medical intervention can stop PTSD from affecting your life in a negative way. With the right counseling, you can work towards overcoming PTSD effects and be able to return to life as normal with no residual mental difficulties.

Use Correct Medication
There is nothing wrong with having to take medication after an accident. Many serious accidents can leave long-lasting pain, even if you are going through physical therapy or other treatment programs. Make sure to stick to your prescription regimen, and if your medications are causing you problems, work with your doctor or other medical professional to get the relief you deserve. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, and you should not skip any after starting, otherwise you risk developing a strain of bacteria resistant to the medication. Pain medication should not be skipped during the early stages of healing, and you should talk to your doctor about how to ease off them should you decide to go without at any point.

Car accidents are never a good thing. Unfortunately, things happen in life. On the plus side, there are many steps and remedies you can take in order to help yourself get over the pain and suffering involved. As long as you use some common sense and listen to the advice of medical professionals, you will be fine in the long term.

Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her three-year-old husky Snowball.

Twitter: @LizzieWeakley
Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

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