Beyond Bumps and Bruises

Everyone experiences an occasional minor injury, and we typically heal very quickly with or without medical assistance. But sometimes a serious injury can occur, leading to extensive treatment and rehabilitation therapy. When that happens, the patient can do several things to expedite treatment and improve the odds of a successful recovery.

Follow Medical Advice

It is important to listen carefully to the recommendations and guidelines of medical providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, among others, to facilitate treatment. Taking just half a prescribed medication or discontinuing doctor checkups can lead to complications that will delay the healing process. Follow the doctor’s orders correctly, and inform his or her office of any changes in your condition.

Be as Independent as Possible

While it is important to follow medical advice and rest as required, it is also helpful to remain active and independent as much as possible. Self-care and light activities as the doctor allows may help the recovery period to be even more productive by strengthening the body and clearing the mind. Staying active and self-reliant also may help to reduce depression or anxiety during the recovery period.

Learn All You Can About Your Condition

Listen carefully and take notes during your medical exams, tests, and treatments. Ask for reliable resources to learn more about your condition. For example, patients with serious injuries from a car accident or work-related injury can learn the best types of exercise, nutrition, and other activities to promote prompt, effective healing. However, avoid reading sources that are not professional or physician-recommended.

Consult Experts with Questions or Concerns

Don’t hesitate to ask your medical providers any questions about new or changing symptoms in your condition. For example, if you have been doing back exercises at home for a spine injury but do not see much improvement, let your doctor know. The exercise may need to be changed for better results. If a question arises about a side effect from a medication you are taking, ask the pharmacist. You can also contact your medical provider’s office to leave a message for the nurse practitioner or medical assistant about a minor concern.

Ideally, even a serious injury can clear up in a matter of weeks or months. But in some cases, the injury remains unhealed for months or years. In fact, it may become permanent. If you feel your situation is likely to be extended, you may want to contact Social Security lawyers for information about eligibility for benefits.