Believe it or not, YOU the patient are the largest determining factor in how you recover from your accident. It has less to do with the doctors you see and more to do with what you do. Here are several key pointers on how YOU can take charge of your recovery after a car accident injury.
Developing the “good patient” attitude in yourself is almost as important as finding good medical providers. Below are a few key characteristics that would be good to develop to ensure you get the best care from your medical team.
Believe that you’ll recover. Don’t show up for your appointment with the thought, "There isn't anything they can do to help me." And if you need help to get the right attitude, ask you doctor.
Follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor to the letter and for as long as the doctor has prescribed it. If the doctor says, to not lift your grandchildren, then don't lift your grandchildren. If the doctor says the stretch and exercise everyday, then do it.
When your medical team prescribes your treatment plan, commit to it with all the physical, mental and emotional resources you have. Set a recovery goal and stick to it. Ask your family and friends for their support. Prepare for the ups and downs of your recovery and don’t let minor, or even major setbacks steer you off course. If you find that your commitment is wavering, get a professional coach (your attorney) to help you.
One of the worst things you can do is to assume that you are able to recover in a few visits. For example, on Saturday you feel better than you ever have since the collision, so you grab the surfboard and hang ten for 3 hours. On Sunday, you aren't able to roll out of bed because you have re injured your back. Suddenly you are back to the starting line again.
This may be the most difficult of all. You already have your "normal" life you have to live including work, social, family, and recreational responsibilities. On top of that you now have to deal with insurance companies and paperwork you might not understand. This is why our team at Coastal Integrative Healthcare can recommend a top personal injury attorney in the area to handle any extra stress that may come from the In-balance this creates.
Coastal Integrative Healthcare
315 N Ridgewood Ave
Edgewater, FL 32132