The aftermath of a car accident is often overwhelming. It includes a physical, emotional, and financial journey that can be long and cumbersome. The help of an attorney can lift some of the mental/emotional and financial strains of the aftermath, but what is most important is your health. It is imperative that you listen to the advice of a medical professional and make time to address your injuries after a vehicle accident. Doing so can drastically improve your prospects for healing after the injury(ies).
If you were in an auto accident, you should see a medical professional as soon as possible. This way, you can begin your path toward healing quickly and with the information you need.
The tips below will also help you speed your recovery and get back to the lifestyle you are accustomed to.
Seek consultation with an auto injury doctor
Your primary care physician may not be the best doctor to see after an accident because their training is different. PCPs are trained to treat internal injuries and illnesses and are not necessarily experts in identifying, diagnosing, and treating common auto accident injuries like whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and concussions. A specialist in car crash accident treatment knows exactly what to look for – especially if you are not in pain – and can diagnose and treat your injuries quickly. Our team at Cohen & Newmark PLLC can suggest doctors well suited to assist you after an accident.
Listen to your doctor
Simply going to the doctor and taking some pain meds is not going to cut it after an auto accident. Even if a doctor’s treatment plan seems long, it is exactly the length it should be. The most effective way to completely recover is to follow the prescribed treatment plan created by your healthcare professional. These directions may even include:
- Taking time off of work
- Limiting everyday activities
- Taking all medications as prescribed
- Participating in physical therapy
- Attending all follow-up appointments
Sleep and rest (physical and mental) are crucial elements of the recovery process. Sleep allows your body to increase blood flow to areas that are injured and promote repair and growth. Further, stress hormones drop during sleep, which helps reduce inflammation and increase mental wellness.
Exercise and stretch
Regular movement will help blood flow to areas that need it most – and help regain range of motion, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Follow your healthcare provider’s direction on how much exercise to begin with. Even if you feel like you could do more, please stick with your doctor’s recommendation. Pushing yourself too hard before you are ready can re-aggravate injuries and prolong your recovery.
Eat and drink healthy
Eating a diet filled with vitamins and minerals will help your body recover. Take strength from the foods you consume and be sure to drink plenty of water. During the healing process, your body will perform its best when it receives whole, fresh foods – regularly. Staying hydrated will assist with muscle and tissue repair.
Find your support system
From friends to family, co-workers, and attorneys, it is important to build a team of supporters who will help you during your recovery. A good team can lessen the workload you face, lift your spirits on the hard days, and help you maintain motivation. Furthermore, a strong legal team can lift many burdens that accompany post-accident life, including ensuring you receive compensation for any lost wages and cover your medical bills. The attorneys at Cohen & Newmark are dedicated to helping their clients navigate the issues that accompany car accidents and diligently fight for you to receive your fair compensation. If you would like to speak with an attorney, please call 1-800-CALL-LEE. The consultation is free and you only pay for representation if a settlement is reached.