Recently had an injury and trying to recover? Here are some of the big mistakes to avoid during the recovery process.
Not seeking out professional advice
Always make sure that you seek out professional advice when recovering from an injury. If it’s just a minor sprain, you may not need to see a doctor for it. But if there’s any chance that it could be something more, it’s important that you see a medical professional. Only by understanding the nature of your injury can you work out the best form of recovery. Beyond seeing a doctor, you may want to get advice from other professionals such as sports therapists when recovering from a sports injury or chiropractors when trying to recover from a back injury.
Being too active
If you’re too active, you could risk aggravating the injury. The activities you should avoid are likely to depend on the nature of the injury. If it’s a neck injury, you may want to avoid activity like sports and driving in which you may instinctively want to turn your neck. If you’ve got a knee injury, any kind of high impact exercise could be important to avoid.
Being too inactive
Laying in bed all day won’t help you recover either. Lack of physical activity can cause joints to seize up and can make inflammation worse. It could also set off a chain of other problems as a result of weight gain and poor posture development. Try to do some light exercise, even if it’s just light walking or static exercises (a health professional may be able to recommend the best exercises for you).
Not seeking compensation when you are owed it
If the injury was the direct result of someone else, it’s possible that you may be able to seek legal compensation. This money could help go toward funding your recovery, as well as possibly allowing you to afford better treatment. There are specific lawyers out there such as TBI attorneys that cater to claims surrounding specific injuries. These attorneys could help to argue your case and win you the compensation you deserve.
Not keeping up a good diet
Your diet is important when recovering from an injury. The body is likely to need a lot of protein to help with the healing process, to try to get protein sources such as meat, fish or beans into your diet. Antioxidants and vitamins are also important, so make sure that you’re eating your greens. Go easy on sugary foods as these are likely to increase inflammation.
Getting poor quality sleep
It’s when we’re asleep that our body does most of its healing. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting good quality sleep each night. If the pain of your injury is keeping you awake, consider whether there are any ways of improving your sleeping arrangements, such as supporting parts of your body with pillows or using pillows to stop you from rolling. Painkillers and sleep supplements could also help you to sleep.