Tips for Recovering from an Auto Accident Injury

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An automobile accident can be a scary experience, and if you’re lucky, you’ll walk away without any life-threatening injuries. However, just because you’re not having to rush to the ER, you can still get hurt.

Car accidents are known to cause subtle injuries like whiplash, slipped discs, concussions and knee pain. If you have any type of pain after an automobile accident, it’s important to find a professional for treatment.

It’s also important to take care of yourself at home. If you visit a physical therapist for an auto injury treatment, he or she will likely give you instructions for home care. It’s always important to follow these instructions.

Instructions will vary depending on the nature of your injury and personal factors like age and medical history, but there are a few general steps most people can take to help reduce pain and promote recovery after an auto accident.

Four tips for recovering from an auto accident injury

  1. Take it easy — After an auto accident, you should get some rest. Take a little time off work or school and make taking care of your body the priority.
  2. Exercise and stretch — Rest is important but too much rest can actually slow your recovery. Some light activity, like walking or stretching, can help your muscles and ligament stay active and fit to help promote recovery. If you see a physical therapist for treatment, you will likely receive guided lessons for exercises and stretches to help you heal.
  3. Give your body what it needs — A body that is trying to heal needs fuel to do this efficiently. Stay hydrated and consume foods with vitamin C and other helpful nutrients that your body needs to fight inflammation and repair itself.
  4. Ask for help — Don’t be too stubborn to have a friend or family member help you out while you’re recovering. Trying to do everything on your own can make your injury worse.

Schedule an appointment for treatment at SSOR

If you’ve recently been hurt in an automobile accident, you should schedule an appointment at Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR). Our physical therapists have years of training and experience in helping patients like you recover from an auto accident.

Contact us today if you would like to schedule an appointment to find out how physical therapy can help you recover from your injury.