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10 Things to Help Recover from a Car Accident

July 7th, 2017 by

The time it takes to completely recover from a car accident will vary depending on the extent of injuries you have suffered. In some cases, you may feel normal right after the accident, but it is not uncommon for injuries to appear days or weeks after. Injuries are not only a physical nuisance but they may also influence your day-to-day routine. You may not be able to work for several weeks, lift your kids, or exercise without intense pain. It is important to listen to your body and give yourself plenty of time to heal.

 

10 Things to Help Recover from a Car Accident

  1. See a doctor – If you did not seek medical attention at the scene of the accident, pay your doctor a visit within 24 hours. Even if the car accident was minor, there is a chance you may experience whiplash, sprains, strains, or even internal injuries. A doctor can assess the extent of your injuries and provide the necessary treatment.
  2. Go home – Accidents are scary and can cause shock. While you may not feel bad immediately after, heading home to lie down and process everything that has happened can help reduce your stress. It will also allow you to write down everything you remember on paper before calling your insurance provider.
  3. Rest – One of the biggest mistakes people make after a car accident is to try and get back to work or their regular activities. Your body needs time to heal. Rushing the process can actually prolong your pain and injuries. Follow the doctor’s advice on how long you should stay home and if you still have pain after that timeframe, schedule another appointment.
  4. Try therapy – Therapy can help improve muscle and joint functions after an injury. An experienced therapist will be there to guide you through the process. Based on your body’s response to therapy, they can adjust your routine accordingly.
  5. Water and vitamin C are your friends – Drink at least 6 cups of water every day for at least one week after your accident. Extra fluids can help reduce inflammation by getting rid of internal waste produced by the accident. Vitamin C is great for inflammation reduction and essential for tissue repair.
  6. Ice – Ice is helpful for pain control, especially within the first 72 hours after the accident. Freeze a few washcloths, too – they are helpful for odd-shaped places like knees and ankles.
  7. Take a break from high-energy activities – If you exercise on a regular basis or play in a sports league, you may feel that getting back into gear will be helpful for your body. But in reality, you can exacerbate your injuries and be forced to sit on the sidelines for much longer.
  8. Walk every day – While you should stay away activities that can trigger more pain, walking a little each day is helpful. Start on a flat path, wear supportive shoes, and walk as long as you can manage – even if that means two minutes a day.
  9. Wear comfortable shoes – Feet get the brunt of the weight and stress from long periods of standing. Even injuries to the neck, back, and knees can persist when individuals wear heels, boots, or platform shoes.
  10. Do not lift over 5 pounds – Lifting a child, grocery bags, equipment, your briefcase, or anything over 5 mounds can aggravate an already inflamed spot.
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