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Written by Jeremy D. Earle, JD

March 19, 2022

Why You Should Always Get Medical Treatment After an Accident

Even if it is small, being involved in a vehicle accident may sometimes leave you with long- term negative consequences that are not immediately apparent. Following your initial feelings of confusion, anxiety, and even anger, it’s critical to follow the proper procedures at the scene of the accident, as well as in the days and weeks ahead, to ensure that your claim is not subjected to a hasty settlement with the insurance company that fails to fairly and adequately compensate you.

In the healing process, there are no shortcuts. After you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you’ll need time and care to heal fully. Depending on the severity of the injury, pre-existing health issues, and how cooperative you are with treatment, some injuries may take weeks or even months to recover fully.

While we can’t offer you exact answers about how long your rehabilitation will take, we can give you specific steps to follow to get you back on track. Continue reading to find out more.

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IN THE EVENT OF A CAR ACCIDENT, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.

Not all injuries sustained in a vehicle collision are noticeable right away. Concussions, whiplash, and spine injuries may cause pain and symptoms that take hours, days, or even weeks to manifest. The longer you wait to seek medical attention, the more likely your injuries may worsen, necessitating a lengthier healing time. Accident injuries such as whiplash and ruptured spinal discs, if left untreated, may lead to chronic pain in the future. Concussions or internal bleeding, if untreated, may be fatal or result in irreversible brain damage.

See a doctor for a checkup even if you aren’t in pain following a vehicle accident. Internal bleeding, edema, fractures, and soft tissue injury may all be checked using imaging testing.

SEARCH FOR THE BEST AUTO INJURY DOCTOR

After a vehicle accident, your primary care physician (PCP) is not the ideal doctor to visit. PCPs are trained to treat internal injuries, but many lack the knowledge and expertise to recognize, diagnose, and treat common accident injuries such as whiplash, concussions, soft tissue injuries, and fractures.

Instead, get treatment from an expert who is familiar with the sorts of injuries you may encounter. Our board-certified experts at Integrity Spine and Orthopedics specialize in orthopedic treatment and pain management for a broad spectrum of joint, bone, muscle, and spine disorders. Our doctors are trained to recognize, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate musculoskeletal disorders, so you may get back on your feet as quickly as possible after an injury.

COMPLY WITH YOUR DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDED TREATMENT PLAN.

It’s possible that the therapy may take a lengthy time. Following your doctor’s advised treatment plan is the most efficient strategy to achieve a full recovery in the shortest amount  of time possible. This includes the following:

You are allowing your body to recuperate by taking time off work and reducing typical activities.

Taking all prescription meds Taking part in physical treatment

Exercises advised by the therapist that may be done at home. Making and keeping follow-up visits with your doctor is essential.

If you believe that certain aspects of your treatment plan aren’t working, don’t abandon it entirely. Instead, see your physician. You and your doctor may talk about other therapy alternatives that will be more successful for you.

GET ENOUGH REST

The importance of sleep and rest in the rehabilitation process cannot be overstated.

Your body boosts blood flow to your muscles when you sleep, allowing tissue and muscle repair and development. Additionally, as you sleep, your body’s stress hormone levels drop, which might help lower internal inflammation. It’s critical to slow down and often rest after an accident that results in a significant injury so that your body can recover. Your energy levels, alertness, and mood will all benefit from a good night’s sleep.

Recognize your boundaries and avoid pushing yourself too hard or too soon. You run the danger of severely harming yourself if you attempt to “push through” major automobile accident injuries.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR PAIN

You might be in excruciating agony for days, weeks, or even months after your injury. You

may feel angry, despondent, discouraged, and less motivated to engage in physical therapy and take other efforts to aid your recovery if you are in pain. It’s critical that you discover strategies to cope with your grief; suffering in quiet will only stymie your growth.

Resting often during the day, using over-the-counter pain medicines, and applying hot or cold compresses are all options for pain management. Massages may also aid in the relief of aching muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Speak to your doctor if you’re suffering unmanageable pain, pain that interferes with your ability to work, or pain that keeps you up at night. They may choose to provide stronger medicines or alternative pain relief solutions.

EXERCISE AND STRENGTHENING

To restore complete range of motion, flexibility, balance, and endurance, it’s essential to exercise and stretch. Regular exercise can help protect your muscles and joints from  stiffening and weakening, as well as less discomfort and inflammation caused by your injury.  Follow your doctor’s advice for how much and what kind of exercise you should undertake. Even if you think you can do more, pushing yourself too hard before you’re ready might aggravate an injury and delay healing.

Gentle stretching activities like yoga or tai chi are a terrific way to include movement throughout your day.

STAY HYDRATED AND EAT A HEALTHY DIET.

A healthy diet may help you stay on track with your rehabilitation. To aid in the healing process, your body needs full, fresh meals that are high in vitamins and protein. Even on days when you’re in a lot of pain or irritated with the healing process, try to eat regular, healthful meals. Your body needs excellent food to operate correctly, and eating wisely will make you feel stronger and more energetic.

Also, don’t forget to drink enough water. To heal muscle and tissue damage within the body, your body needs enough fluids.

CREATE A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR YOURSELF.

Surround yourself with people who can help you recover, such as friends and family. A solid support system may help you feel better and keep you motivated to stick to your treatment plan. Friends and family members can help you with everyday tasks and transport you to and from appointments, depending on your injuries.

You could also benefit from the assistance of a professional psychotherapist or spiritual adviser. It’s very typical for a stressful event such as a car accident to result in anxiety, melancholy, or PTSD later on. If you have unresolved mental or emotional concerns as a

result of your injury, please get treatment. Your doctor can give suggestions if you don’t know who to contact.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

Above everything, have patience. It is possible that the healing and treatment process may be lengthy, difficult, and irritating. You may have setbacks or feel as if you aren’t progressing at all. Continue to go ahead by adhering to your treatment plan and taking care of your body.

Everyone’s recovery process is unique and takes place on their own timetable. However, by following the procedures outlined above, you’ll be giving yourself the greatest possible opportunity of fully recovering and returning to your favorite pastimes.

Supplementary Information

Symptoms of disabling illnesses may not always manifest themselves immediately after an injury. Rather, these symptoms appear gradually and intensify with time. Accepting a fast cheque from an enthusiastic insurance provider can prevent you from receiving adequate care and treatment for these delayed problems.

Most individuals feel modest back and neck discomfort after being in a vehicle accident, which manifests as dull pains and muscular stiffness. While this discomfort may seem to be benign and unworthy of therapy or attention, the fact is that if left untreated, what appears to be just unpleasant soreness might develop into something more significant and debilitating in the future.

Spinal stenosis is a frequently delayed disease that causes numbness and discomfort in the  back, buttocks, thighs, and calves, as well as weakness in sections of the arms and legs. The

narrowing of your spinal column and the consequent pressure on your spinal nerve causes the pain and numbness that patients with spinal stenosis experience. The tingling, numbness, and discomfort are caused by the pressure.

The symptoms you may encounter if you have spinal stenosis vary depending on where your spinal cord has constricted. Spinal stenosis usually affects your lower back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine).

When you walk or stand for an extended amount of time, the symptoms of lumbar spine stenosis will be most noticeable, but the effects of cervical spine stenosis will be felt more commonly in your neck and shoulder, with discomfort extending down your arm or hand. Headaches, numbness, and muscular weakness are all possible side effects. Cervical spinal stenosis may put a lot of strain on the nerves that govern your ability to balance, which can make you clumsy and make you fall.

Getting to know your spine

A basic description of how your spine is constructed and operates will help you understand some of the reasons for spinal stenosis. Your vertebral column, often known as your spine, is separated into seven main parts. The cervical spine is made up of seven bones, whereas the thoracic (12 bones), lumbar (5 bones), sacrum (5 bones fused or connected together), and coccyx are made up of five bones (3 to 5 bones fused together at the lower tip of the vertebral column).

A vertebral disc is a unique structure that lies between the vertebrae and functions as a stress absorber between the surrounding vertebrae. A soft, jelly-like inner core (the nucleus pulpous) and a robust outer layer make up each of these discs (the annulus fibrosis). Imagine your disc as a jelly donut, with the jelly filling as the nucleus and the outer layer annulus as the ring around the exterior.

Traumatic injuries that are common include:

Although spinal stenosis may be caused by the natural aging process and the regular wear and tear of the discs, it can also be caused by a spinal injury. A herniated or slipped disc may occur when a person’s neck and back are harmed due to the trauma induced by being involved in an automobile accident.

When the disc’s soft inner core (nucleus pulpous) bursts through the rigid outer layer, it is called a herniated disc (annulus fibrosis). Herniated discs are prevalent following a car accident and pose a serious threat to your spine’s health.

After sustaining a vertebral injury in an accident, your body becomes more vulnerable to subsequent injuries. Those who have been injured in an accident are at a higher risk since their bone structure has been compromised due to the trauma. These spinal injuries often result in fast degenerative changes in the vertebrae that would not have developed if the event had not resulted in the damage.

What may begin as a herniated disc with aches and pains today might progress to an early diagnosis of spinal stenosis years down the line. While it may not seem necessary to seek

treatment after an accident if your only symptoms are soreness and dull pains, these minor injuries may significantly influence your future treatment needs.

As a result, it is critical that if you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor you believe your initial injuries are, you see a doctor today to have your condition evaluated to greatly reduce the chances of suffering from a debilitating disorder like spinal stenosis tomorrow.

The lawyers at Warrior Car Accident Lawyers, have a lot of experience  representing people who have been hurt in car accidents and making sure that they get the  medical care they need as soon as possible after an injury so that they don’t need it again.  Throughout the state of Colorado, we regularly represent clients. Please call 719-300-1100 us if you have any questions.

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