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Dealing With a Non-Apparent Automobile Injury

April 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

You hear the tires squealing and the crunch of metal on metal, and you feel yourself get thrown. When everything stops, you know you've been in an accident. You wiggle your fingers and toes, and everything seems to be normal. Nothing is bleeding, certainly, and none of your bones are broken. Surely, you're not injured, right? So you exchange insurance information, wait for the police to make their report, and you go home, thinking how lucky it was that you weren't injured-until a few days later when all of your muscles are crying out in pain.

Is there anything you should have done differently? Of course.

Immediately After the Accident What you do immediately after the accident is crucial for your healing. If one or both of the cars in the accident appear to have been totaled (major frame damage is usually the determiner here), you need to either see your doctor within the next 24 hours or you need to go to the emergency room. You aren't going to feel all of the pain right away that you will eventually experience, and your doctor or the hospital staff may be able to discover your injuries before you can feel them. Catching these injuries early can help your recovery process to be less painful and may potentially quicken your healing time.

Once Injuries Present Themselves It will probably take a few days to a week for your injuries to fully present themselves. At this point, you need to seek further diagnosis and treatment. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need anything from a few days' rest to extensive physical therapy or even surgery. Visit your doctor again for an updated healing plan, and ask if there are any steps you should be taking to heal yourself further.

Specialty Medicine If your injuries are severe enough, your doctor may recommend that you see an orthopedic specialist. Orthopedists are doctors who specialize in how our muscles and bones operate together. They will be able to pinpoint why you are experiencing pain and offer you either nonsurgical or surgical solutions to your problem.

Nonsurgical solutions often involve some form of physical therapy. Physical therapists help you to set and reach healing goals through muscle-specific exercising. The process can take some time, but it will be worthwhile. Many people find it convenient to find a clinic that offers both orthopedics and physical therapy, as healing often works best when the two practices are used together.

As You Heal While you are going through the healing process, it is important to remember that even a simple muscle injury can take months to feel completely normal again. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself plenty of time to rest and recover. Don't fret if it seems to be taking a long time; healing speed depends on a myriad of factors including how healthy you were initially, how well your body takes to treatment, whether your injury is worsened somehow and many other factors.

Kitchi Joyce is the Director of Administrative Services for Southern Orthopaedics Specialists, a full service Atlanta orthopedic practice specializing in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Southern Orthopaedics Specialists has multiple locations around the Atlanta Metro area where doctors, physicians and medical staff help patients live and perform at the peak of their physical ability. Decades of experience, education and research means that all branches of Atlanta orthopedics are covered, from cartilage restoration to spine care and sports medicine.

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