How to Recover Quickly After Getting Injured

No one wants to be a patient longer than they have to be. But after you’re injured in an accident, there’s a recovery period that can’t be rushed. We all know that rest and following doctors’ orders are important. Even if you don’t want to slow down, or you don’t agree with the doctor, both of these factors are necessary if you want to get better fast. 

How to Recover Quickly After Getting Injured
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However, they’re not the only things you can do to recover quickly after getting injured. While there’s no one magical way of speeding up your body’s healing processes, doing these small tips can help it along. 

1. Get Medical Help ASAP 

After an accident, it’s common for symptoms to take a while before they start showing up. By that time, though, the damage is already done. Now, you have to undo what could have been avoided with preventative care. 

In some situations, especially severe collisions like motorcycle accidents, it’s easy to see there’s an injury. How extensive the damage is isn’t always apparent. 

As soon as you can, head to the emergency room to get evaluated. You may need an MRI or a CT scan to make sure there are no internal injuries or concussions. The hospital is the best place to have all of the procedures done under one roof.

2. Follow Up With Your Doctor 

While you’re at the hospital, ask the attending physician for his or her recommendation for a follow-up doctor. You may have your own go-to provider, but don’t be surprised if they won’t see you after an accident. Many doctors refuse to treat any patients who may be involved in a lawsuit. 

Emergency room doctors are used to this problem, though. If they’ve been around awhile, they’ll know the general practitioners, chiropractors, and other specialists that treat accident patients. 

Whoever you’re recommended to, follow up with them! You might ‘feel better’ after you’ve been given medical care at the ER. 

But in a few days, when you can’t move a body part, have a headache, or are in immense pain, you’ll call the doctor. In most cases, it’ll be anywhere from days or weeks before you can get a new patient appointment. 

Don’t wait. Call to get on the schedule as soon as possible. 

3. Don’t Ignore Your Pain 

After you’ve seen a doctor, you may still be in pain. Doctors’ treatment plans are for the short-term, foreseeable future. But they’re not an immediate fix. 

It can take days, weeks, or months for your injuries to heal. In some cases, the damage may be permanent. In the meantime, you’ll need to learn how to manage your pain, not ignore it. 

Your doctor can offer you some pain management techniques. Things you can do at home to reduce your symptoms include: 

● Getting enough rest throughout the day 

●Moving and stretching every 30 minutes or sostaying still for too long can cause your muscles to get stiff 

● Taking recommended OTC or prescription pain meds 

● Alternating hot and cold compresses as directed by your physician 

● Massaging tight muscles 

No matter what, don’t ignore your pain. ‘Toughing up’ and working through your body’s warning signs can make the problem worse. 

4. Don’t Forget About Your Mental Health 

When you’re in pain, it’s hard to do the things you’re used to. Your independence can take a hit, along with your confidence. 

This often messes with people’s mental health. If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, it’s normal. Feelings of helplessness and lack of motivation go along with constant pain. 

But, just as you have to manage your physical pain, you need to take care of your mental health, too. 

Don’t let the chatter in your mind talk you out of doing activities you’d normally do. Go to your physical therapy and medical appointments. Take your kids to the movies or the park if your pain level can handle it. 

If you’re invited to go out with friends, give it a shot. You may have to leave early because of your pain, but while you’re there, you could have a good time. 

Your mental health is as important as your physical health. In fact, some experts suggest that if you’re in strong mental shape, you can heal faster, and vice versa.

Conclusion 

The best thing to remember after an injury is that you need to be patient. 

The legal red tape and insurance companies are going to go at their own pace, which might be frustrating for you. The last thing you need is to get upset with yourself because you’re not recovering how quickly you think you should. 

Instead, give yourself some grace, knowing that with these tips, you’re doing everything you can to help your body heal.

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