IS REST IMPORTANT AFTER A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT?
Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 11:05 pm
When you’re involved in a car accident, you are often sore even if you don’t have a major injury. You may find it difficult to perform your regular tasks because you’re stiff from a sprain or strain. With most traffic accident injuries, rest is an important part of recovery. You may want to return to work and return to your daily activities right after a traffic accident; however, this could slow your recovery. It is important that you give your body the time it needs to fully recover after a traffic accident.
Concussions and Other Brain Trauma
A person can suffer a concussion and not even realize it. If you hit your head hard enough in a traffic crash, a concussion can be the result. Studies have shown that rest is the key to recovery in these situations. In fact, one study showed that mice recovered fully after a brain injury with rest. However, when rest was prevented, the connections in the brain were permanently damaged.
However, this appears to only impact mild injuries. When someone suffers a serious head trauma, they often have long-term damage regardless of treatment. Some brain cells die, which impacts their ability to remember things or perform other tasks. Regardless, rest should be a part of every recovery plan when head trauma or brain damage is suspected.
Many people fail to take a head injury seriously as long as the person is conscious and able to communicate. However, symptoms of a brain injury can develop several days or even weeks after the initial accident. It’s important to monitor a person who has suffered an injury to the head even if that person appears fine immediately after the accident. Symptoms that can develop later include headaches, nausea, confusion, blurred vision, and trouble sleeping. You should take any indications that something isn’t right seriously and seek treatment right away.
Sprains and Strains
A neck sprain or strain, often known as whiplash, can feel quite painful. It can be difficult to turn your head or move around. An ankle sprain or strain can occur if your leg gets jammed during the traffic accident. You can also experience the same injury in your wrist. For most mild conditions, a little rest will help you feel better. After a few days, light activity will help loosen stiff muscles and the movement will assist in reducing the swelling, especially in sprains involving the wrists or ankles. However, if symptoms persist, you should see your doctor again to determine if you have suffered a more serious injury.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Even if you feel fine, you should seek medical care. A physician can perform a checkup and diagnostic tests to determine any problems. Your doctor will also tell you what symptoms to look for based on what happened in the accident. Pay close attention to how you feel and, if you notice anything unusual about how you or your loved one feels or behaves, go back to the doctor immediately. You never know when slight discomfort can be a sign of something more serious. Rest is an important part of recovery in a traffic accident, but you must also obtain medical treatment if there’s any sign of an underlying condition.
Call A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney For Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you can seek compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. The at-fault party is responsible for paying for your expenses; however, sometimes the insurance company for the driver will deny the claim. Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys can help. Call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or use our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation and case evaluation.