Road to Recovery: Rehab After a Car Accident
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If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the road to recovery and justice can be long. You may need multiple forms of rehabilitation after car accident to help you recover from your injuries. As these medical bills start to add up you may consider the need to make a compensation claim.
Why is rehab after a car accident important?
Experiencing a motor vehicle accident can not only be very traumatic but can also result in serious injuries that take years to recover from - or even a lifetime. Motor vehicle accident injuries often require multiple hospital or doctor’s appointments that take time out of your life and take a toll on your finances, however these appointments can be hugely beneficial - not to mention necessary - in speeding up the recovery process. For instance, physical therapy can help to reduce the risk of long-term damage, aid in pain reduction and in some cases may even help patients avoid the need to have surgery.
Most common forms of rehabilitation after a car accident
Our expert personal injuries lawyers have put together a list of the types of rehabilitation that may be needed after a motor vehicle accident. Please note that this page is for information purposes only and is in no way intended to replace the advice of a qualified professional. You should always speak with your GP about any issues you may have as a result of your accident.
Traumatic brain injuries rehabilitation
It’s possible that life may never return to how it was prior to an accident when you have experienced some very serious injuries but if you want to give yourself the best possible chance to heal a brain injury, therapy may be involved. Brain injury rehabilitation can help you re-train in daily activities and manage your pain. There are also cognitive and behavioural therapies that can aid your recovery.
Vision and hearing rehabilitation
Impairments to your senses can be overwhelming and head trauma can sometimes result in partial or complete vision loss or hearing difficulty. You may need vision rehabilitation that can include anything from environmental modifications to optical devices. Hearing rehabilitation can involve being fitted for hearing aids and even some speech therapy.
Herniated disk rehabilitation
A herniated disk may mean that you need to take time of work to recover. With a back injury there is also a chance you could need medication, spinal manipulation or even surgery.
Damaged pelvis rehabilitation
Damage to your pelvis as a result of a motor vehicle accident can result in difficulty walking or impairment to your range of movement. In cases like these you may need extensive physiotherapy or surgery to heal.
Torn / ruptured ACL rehabilitation
Depending on the severity of the injury a torn or ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) can be treated either surgically or non-surgically.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a set of emotional reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic experience. It’s characterised by feelings of intense fear or panic and can be treated with therapy or sometimes medication. If you have mental trauma after a car accident you may need therapy to help you to regain control over your life however these costs can add up.
Spinal injuries can result in permanent disability. Rehab can include occupational therapy (including home assessment and modifications), physiotherapy, therapy and support in returning to work and study roles.
Motor vehicle accident burn injuries are frightening and painful. The rehabilitation process involves addressing inhalation injuries to pain control, skin reconstruction to scar management and the road to recovery is intensive.
If you’ve dislocated a bone, treatment begins with putting the bone back into its socket. Once this is complete your doctor may recommend a sling. From there, rehabilitation can involve specific exercises and, later on, even weight training to build strength back into the affected limb.
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