If you’ve been in a fender bender, you may have some questions in mind, such as what could be causing the varying degrees of your pain, how long you will have to deal with it, and what to do next.
While there’s no definitive answer as to how long you will have to put up with pain following a car accident, there are steps you can take to pinpoint its cause and effectively deal with it to reduce your risk of developing complications. Read on to learn more.
Tip #1 Work with the right injury doctor.
The adrenaline rush that occurs immediately after a car accident significantly increases your body’s pain threshold and delays the onset of symptoms of an injury for even up to a few weeks. In some cases, a life-threatening injury could develop and worsen before you even realize that it had occurred due to the car accident.
Your best bet after a fender bender is to seek the expertise of an injury specialist—one who won’t tell you to merely pop a pill and sleep it off.
At Delaware Back Pain & Sports Rehabilitation Centers, we have highly credentialed pain medicine specialists, physical medicine doctors, chiropractors, and rehabilitation specialists on our team who have a proven track record of delivering exceptional outcomes for the gamut of injuries—including those sustained in car accidents. Through the extensive range of advanced diagnostic and nonsurgical treatment modalities we offer, we tackle pain at its source— taking full control of it or even reversing it.
We will perform a comprehensive assessment of your injury to craft the most suitable treatment plan for you, so you can comfortably, safely, and successfully recover and return to your normal activities.
Tip #2 Rest.
While pain doesn’t always indicate something serious, it is your body’s way of telling you that you can’t push yourself too hard too soon. Ditch the warrior mindset—rest and allow your body to recuperate. Powering through an injury will only put you at risk of hurting yourself further.
Tip # 3 Stick to your prescribed treatment plan
To ensure a safe and successful recovery the quickest way possible, you need to adhere to the treatment plan our care team created for you. This means doing the following:
- Showing up for all of your follow-up appointments with one of our providers
- Performing the recommended therapeutic exercises at home
- Attending pain management counseling, if need be
If you feel like some components of your treatment plan are not working, talk to us—don’t just quit. We offer a vast range of treatment options. Together, we can figure out an alternative that will work best for you.