Recovering from a personal injury can be a very nerve-racking time in your life. A personal injury normally results in severe damages and the need for extensive medical treatment. However, the physical ramifications are only one of the aspect of such an injury. Following an injury or accident, most people also suffer from significant emotional trauma. Below are three tips that will help you recover faster from your personal injury.
- Physical therapy
A physical injury of any kind whether a work or auto injury may cause a great deal of responses in the body, including muscle spasms, ligament tension, inflammation, exhaustion, and laxity. Exercising and stretching enables the healing process through increasing your muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Physical therapy helps to increase the mobility and decrease pain. Another great benefit of physical therapy is that it can enable you to avoid surgery. Your physical therapist can assist you with injury-specific stretching and strengthening exercises. Working with a trained physical therapist will also enable you to perform the exercises properly, which will help to speed up your recovery.
The more disciplined and proactive you`re with your medical care, the faster you`ll heal and better you`ll recovery. Once you begin physical therapy, ensure that you attend all the scheduled physical therapy sessions. If you are involved in a personal injury case, as the plaintiff you`ve the legal obligation to mitigate your damages -in other words, you have to take the reasonable steps that will help you to get better and not delay your recovery or worsen your injury. If you miss the scheduled physical therapy sessions, the defendant will ask why they should be expected to continue paying for the physical therapy sessions, and the judge might find that they have a fair point. If you want to learn more about personal injury lawsuits and the factors that can influence or are used to determine the amount of compensation you`ll receive, click here.
- Dietary considerations for a better recovery
- a) Protein
- Health experts recommend an increase (non-fatty) protein. This can help you recover from any muscle loss that occurred as a result of lack of use.
- Instead of one big chicken breast or steak at dinner, divide your meals into small portions. You should eat proteins four to six times per day.
- Protein should consist of lean beef, lean poultry, eggs, fish, whey protein powder or cottage cheese.
- b) Carbohydrates
- Carbohydrates are found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, legumes (nuts), oats and beans.
- Avoid sugars and refined carbohydrates (high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and most of the things which make junk food taste great). Do not eat junk.
- Watch your carbohydrate intake post-surgery and if there`s an extensive recovery, eating a lot of refined carbohydrates increases the risk of diabetes.
- c) Fats
- Fats help in reducing inflammation, however, there`re bad fats and good fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are the great at reducing inflammation. Mono-unsaturated fats are also helpful.
- Good sources of fat include; fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines, and herring), olive oil, flaxseeds, nuts, avocados, sesame/pumpkin/sunflower seeds.
- Watch out for the bad fats which can hinder the healing process by increasing inflammation: Omega-6 fats, saturated fats and Trans fats.
According to dietary experts some great healing foods are:
- Almonds (protein/fat, zinc)
- Broccoli (fiber, vitamin C, antibacterial)
- Apples (flavanoids – prevent inflammation and protect cells from oxygen damage
- Curry (anti-inflammatory)
- Pineapple (bromelain –analgesic)
- Grass fed beef (vitamin, protein, minerals)
- Garlic (allicin – anti-inflammatory, improves the function of macrophages)
- Olive oil (Anti-inflammatory – works like ibuprofen)
- Papaya (vitamins C, A, and papain –enzyme which increases immune function)
- Salmon (omega-3’ fatty acids)
- Reduce stress by exercising and socializing
Most personal injury victims experience some kind of emotional distress in varying degrees of severity. The symptoms of emotional distress include; depression, anxiety, frustration, bitterness, insomnia, and guilt. The stress prompts your body to release large amounts of hormones, such as cortisol. These hormones can have a negative impact on the healing process, slow down metabolism, and reduce your circulation. Additionally, it can impair your immune system, making you more susceptible to infection.
Try to exercise for at least thirty minutes every day —or if it is easier, 3 ten minute spurts of exercise per day are just as good. Exercise that`s rhythmic and engages both your legs and arms -such as swimming, walking, running, basketball, or dancing -works best. Instead of distracting yourself while you exercise or concentrating on your thoughts, you should focus on your body and how you feels as you move. Weight training, rock climbing, martial arts or boxing can make this easier -after all, you need to concentrate on your body movements during these physical activities so that you can avoid injury.
Although you might not want to talk about the emotional distress you are experiencing, it`s important you have somebody to share your feelings with face to face, somebody who`ll listen attentively without judging you. Turn to a trusted counselor, family member, clergyman, or friend. You should also try to participate in social activities, reconnect with old friends, volunteer and make new friends. You will also need a trusted, qualified and experienced lawyer to speak up for you so that your emotional injury does not go uncompensated.