After you have been in an auto accident, you may be overwhelmed with everything that has happened. Sometimes you may not even notice that you have been injured immediately, and if you are injured, it may take weeks or even months for you to completely recover. What you do immediately after an accident matters, though, so we have got some guidelines to help.
- Get medical care, even if you are not sure you were injured. Some injuries, like concussion, whiplash, and damage to the spine, may not have immediate symptoms. Waiting too long to seek medical care, though, can increase your risk of those injuries worsening and requiring a longer recovery period. Some conditions, like concussions or internal bleeding, can be life-threatening if left undetected. See a doctor as soon as you can, so that you can be thoroughly examined for injuries or damage.
- The doctor you choose matters. Your primary care physician may not be qualified to identify, diagnose, and treat auto accident injuries. It is better to seek care from an experienced doctor who specializes in treating the types of injuries typically sustained in an automobile accident. Finding the right doctor to treat your injuries is the best way to get back on your feet as soon as possible.
- Following doctor’s orders is crucial for your recovery. The treatment process may seem endless, but the best way to ensure a complete recovery is to follow your prescribed treatment plan carefully. You may need to take time off work and limit your activities. Your recovery may require medication, physical therapy, or chiropractic care. You may need to do some exercises at home, and you will also need to have follow-up appointments with your doctor. If you become frustrated or feel like the treatment plan is not working, do not just quit! Talk to your doctor so that you can work together to find the most effective treatment options for you.
- Maintaining healthy habits can help you recover more quickly. This means getting enough rest, doing stretches and exercises recommended by your doctor, staying hydrated, and eating a nutritious diet. It also means having a good support system, which is crucial to healing, and finding ways to manage your pain, by resting, taking over-the-counter pain medications, using hot or cold compresses, and, in some cases, getting massages. If your pain becomes unmanageable, talk to your doctor about other treatment options.
If you have been in an accident, you need effective medical treatment, including chiropractic care from a highly qualified chiropractor. At Auto Injury Treatment Centers, we are committed to providing patients with the attention and care they need for a swift recovery. Our chiropractors have decades of experience treating auto accident and work injury victims, and we offer the most comprehensive chiropractic treatment in Arizona. We have got 45 locations to serve you, and you do not have to have health insurance to come in for chiropractic care. Contact us through our website, call us at 602.253. 8888 or schedule an appointment online.