Taking the Right Steps to Maximize Your Recovery
Let’s face it…the chances are strong that, at some point in your life, you’ll be hurt in a motor vehicle accident. According to insurance industry statistics, the average American is involved in four wrecks by the age of 72—about one every 18 years.
When you’ve been injured on the road because of someone else’s wrongful or careless act, your top priority should be your health—you want to maximize your recovery and you want to heal as soon as possible. To ensure that you have the best chance for a full recovery, you need to do the right things at the accident scene and after you’ve addressed any emergency medical needs.
Protecting Your Health at the Scene of an Accident
Perhaps the most important thing to remember at the scene of the accident—you have been in a car accident. It’s not the time to be strong or brave—that won’t help you heal. It’s the time to be willing to acknowledge that you’ve been hurt and need assistance from medical professionals. Accordingly, don’t try to move unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s a much better decision to stay where you are until EMTs arrive and check you out—unless it’s dangerous to stay where you are.
If emergency medical specialists recommend that you go to the hospital in an ambulance, do it. Don’t risk further injury by trying to move under your own power. Even if the EMTs tell you it’s fine to move about, don’t assume that you don’t need additional medical care. As soon as possible, take yourself to an urgent care facility, visit the emergency room at the nearest hospital or schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.
Protecting Your Health in the Days, Weeks and Months Following a Car Accident
It’s an unfortunate reality that some of the most debilitating injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident can take days, weeks or months to fully appear. That’s particularly true of back, neck and spinal cord injuries, where you won’t start to feel significant discomfort until you have some swelling or inflammation. It’s a good idea to see a chiropractor within a few days of your accident, and to schedule regular appointments, so that you can monitor potential health problems and catch them before they become serious.
Schedule an Appointment with Premier Health Center
Get relief from the pain caused by an auto accident. Contact our office online or call us at 817-261-6100 to set up an appointment with Dr. Gittiban. We are available Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 6 pm, and Fridays from 9 am to noon. We also see patients on the first Saturday of each month. Our offices are conveniently located on South Bowen, just off Highway 20 near the Parks Mall.