Injuries sustained in a car accident can debilitate you and interfere with your long-term comfort and well-being. Some injuries may worsen, especially if not properly addressed in a timely manner. An alarming statistic shared by U.S. News reports that car accidents are at the highest level they have been in 16 years.
How well you recover from a car accident will depend on several factors including the extent of your injury, how quickly you receive treatment and how committed you are to following doctor’s orders.
Increase your fluid intake
One side effect of many car accident injuries is inflammation. Whiplash, contusions, airbag injuries and more severe injuries are often characterized by swelling and inflammation. Drinking lots of fluids can help reduce swelling and encourage your body to heal. Experts recommend consuming beverages that have a higher number of electrolytes. Boosting your intake of Vitamin C can also reduce bruising and provide your body with the needed support to fully recover.
Avoid drinking soda while you recover. High concentrations of fructose, corn syrup and other sugary additives will interfere with your body’s healing. Make it a goal to drink at least 6 cups of water each day.
Implement mindful activity
Exercise and high-intensity activities will not help while you are in recovery. Especially if you received significant physical injuries, these types of movements may further injure you. However, you can ask your doctor about which activities you can reasonably do. Implementing some activity into your daily regimen, even if a brief 10-minute walk, may improve your mood and facilitate healing.
Your injuries may take months or even years to recover from. The thought and effort you put into your recovery may improve your chances of healing quickly and completely.