Every year, over 20 million people are injured in car accidents across the US. If you’re one of these people, you know how difficult it can be to bounce back after an accident. Even minor accidents can result in injuries that impact your day to day activities.
If you’ve been in a car accident and you’re struggling to get back on your feet, you’re in the right place. Here are some tips to help you regain your health after a car accident.
See a Doctor and Take Their Advice
Even if you think your injuries are minor and don’t need medical attention, you should still visit a doctor. Whiplash, which is a neck injury that often occurs after a rear-end collision, can cause lingering medical issues.
If you have a sore neck, sore back, or just don’t feel right, it’s important to seek medical care. If you decline care from paramedics at the scene of an accident, you should at least visit your own doctor the next day or as soon as possible.
Use this resource on how to find a doctor after a car accident if you don’t have a primary care physician.
Pay Attention to Emerging Medical Issues
The injuries you sustain in a car accident might not be immediately apparent. After the crash, your body is producing adrenaline, which might mask some of your injuries.
It could be days, weeks, or even months before injuries from the accident begin to emerge. For insurance purposes, it’s a good idea to keep track of any emerging medical issues.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to return to normal daily activities, you should resume exercise (or start if you weren’t before) to help your body recover.
Start slowly and work your way back up, but getting up and getting moving, even if it’s only a 30-minute walk, will help get you back on your feet and improve your health.
In addition to regular exercise, fill your body with wholesome foods, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins. Avoid processed foods, make sure you stay hydrated and eat regular and balanced meals.
In addition to addressing your specific car accident injuries, taking care of your general health will help your overall recovery and improve your quality of life.
Be Patient With Yourself
It can be frustrating if your recovery is taking longer than you’d like and you can’t do everything you could before the accident. If this is the case, give yourself some time to heal. Be patient with yourself and don’t try to do too much too soon. That’s a recipe for re-injuring yourself and prolonging your recovery.
Don’t Let a Car Accident Ruin Your Life
A car accident is undoubtedly stressful, especially if you suffer injuries and your car is totaled. In addition to focusing on your injuries and recovery, you might also find yourself dealing with insurance companies (yours and the other driver’s), finding a new car, and securing transportation while your car is being repaired or until you purchase a new one.
Car accidents can easily take over your life, but it’s up to you to make sure that they don’t. Ask for help when you need it, take your time, and be patient.
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