A car accident can take a toll on your mind and psyche besides tormenting your body. You go through a phase of managing your pain and the discomfort, nursing yourself back to health, and handling the resultant emotional turmoil. Here is all about how to recover after a car accident. ~ Ed.
The day before your life changes feels just like any other day. Because of this phenomenon, it is challenging to deal with adverse change.
If you have recently been in a car accident, you have already experienced the immediate effects like bodily injuries and vehicle damage. However, you may not anticipate the devastating consequences a car accident can have on your long-term physical and mental health.
If you are still in the early phases of recovering from a car accident, read this guide to get an idea of how you can make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Managing Your Pain & Discomfort
Car accidents can inflict serious long-term pain and discomfort on their victims. The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs reports that victims experience injuries like:
- Partial paralysis
- Burns and road rash
- Chest and rib injuries
- Fractured bones
You should handle any injury that you sustain from a car accident with care. Always seek medical attention immediately after an accident happens. If you refused medical care at the accident scene, visit the ER immediately to have a doctor evaluate your condition.
You may have a concussion or internal bleeding, presenting no symptoms. A doctor will perform tests to assess your overall health and ensure that you are in good condition. If your doctor finds something wrong, they will prescribe the appropriate medications and physical therapy (or recommend surgery if necessary) to help you heal.
Listen to your doctor’s recommendations, even if they frustrate you. Taking time off from work or limiting your everyday activities may not be ideal, but you need to let your body heal.
- Take all prescribed medications without abusing them (talk to your doctor if your pain still isn’t manageable)
- Attend all recommended physical therapy sessions
- Perform therapist-recommended exercises on your own
- Attend follow-up appointments with your primary care physician and any specialty doctors
If you are not making adequate progress, speak with your doctor about adjusting your treatment plan. Together, you can talk about alternative treatment options that may work better.
Nursing Yourself Back to Health
While it is essential to address obvious aches, pains, and other physical ailments, you should not let your general health slip.
Eating healthily and drinking plenty of water will help facilitate your recovery. As you heal, your body will require plenty of nutrients and protein to repair tissue and muscle damage and help you stay in good shape. Your body will thank you for supplying it with the fuel it needs.
In addition to eating right and hydrating, you should exercise and stretch as much as you can. As you get more comfortable moving again, your body will regain its sense of endurance, balance, and flexibility. Please do not overdo it with the exercise, though, as too much can worsen your injuries and impede your recovery.
Handling the Emotional Turmoil
A car accident’s effects are not just physical. One can leave you with some severe impacts on your mental health.
Car accident victims often feel detached from others, experience increased irritability, and have intrusive thoughts about their accident.
If you are having a difficult time recovering mentally, do not keep your thoughts to yourself. Voice them to a trusted friend or family member. Enlist the help of a therapist if you feel more comfortable talking to someone who is not a part of your everyday life.
Getting comfortable behind the wheel again may seem challenging, but it is possible. Start by driving with a buddy in the passenger seat and take a short, undemanding drive on a route you’re familiar with. Consider taking a defensive driving course so that you feel more confident on the road.
As you are recovering from a car accident’s physical and mental effects, it is essential to exhibit patience. Progress will not occur overnight, but you should stay positive and stick to your treatment plan.
Over to you
Have you ever had a car accident? How did you recover from it? Share your tips and experiences in the comments.