Accidents happen, regardless of your age or physical health. The severity of a slip and fall injury can depend on a variety of contributing factors, including how you land after falling, but one thing usually remains the same: the key to a successful recovery is how you react to the accident. Here are a few recovery tips to help guide you along the way.
Get a Proper Diagnosis
Seeking medical attention as soon as possible, specifically from a pain specialist, should always be your first step after an accident. Best case scenario is that the only pain you walk away with is mild embarrassment, however, a pain specialist will be able to confirm if your injuries are more severe than you may have realized or if you have other injuries that you may not have even been aware of.
Discuss Treatment Options
Once you’ve been able to confirm the severity of your injuries, our team at AIPI can help put together an effective recovery strategy for you. For instance, some slip and fall injuries can be treated conservatively with over-the-counter medication and rest, but for more severe cases, a professional will be able to advise towards more intensive treatment options.
Let Your Body Rest
When you’re injured, your body expends a lot of its energy on repairing itself so to help aid your recovery, make sure to provide your body with plenty of sleep and rest. You might be tempted by the idea of trying to throw yourself back on the horse, but it’s important to remind yourself that your body has been somewhat traumatized and it needs a bit of a break.
Now, that’s not to say that you should be completely sedentary as it might actually be beneficial to move around the house a bit. Our team at AIPI will be able to advise the safest activities for you based on the severity of your injuries.
What you eat greatly impacts your body’s ability to heal. After sustaining an injury, your body sends certain white blood cells to the area to protect the wound, fight off infection, and ultimately oversee the repair process. However, if you’re not properly nourishing yourself, the healing process can be impaired because your body will be focused on fighting off inflammation in other parts of your body. With the help of a healthy, protein-rich diet, you’ll be able to keep your body focused on your recovery from your slip and fall accident.
Manage Your Symptoms
Symptoms from a slip and fall accident can differ depending on your specific injuries and the severity of those injuries. However, a pain specialist can advise certain methods and treatment options for you to try that will help improve your comfort level throughout your recovery. Medications are a common go-to for pain relief, but a professional might also recommend things like meditation, fish oil supplements, hot and cold treatments, soaks, or massages.
AIPI Can Help Aid Your Recovery
Due to slip and fall injuries varying so significantly, it’s critical that each individual case is thoroughly and properly diagnosed. From there, our team of experienced medical professionals will develop an effective and comprehensive treatment plan.
If you have recently been injured in a slip and fall incident or know someone who has, please give us a call today to schedule a consultation.