What To Do After A Car Accident

Accidents of any variety have the potential to change your life in the blink of an eye. Knowing what to do after an accident or injury can save you from permanent damage.

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Athletes are vulnerable to many different injuries, depending on their motion, conditioning, and use of proper form. A player should NEVER continue after a suspected injury, especially one pertaining to your head, joints, muscles, or bones. Doing so can make things worse and keep you out of the game for much longer than if you’d just stopped immediately and sought medical help from your orthopedic doctor. “Playing through the pain” is a bad idea that can leave you permanently restricted.

Seeking Medical Attention

Even a minor fender-bender is likely to cause at least temporary discomfort, so when is it time to see a medical or orthopedic doctor? Any time you have hit your head and lost consciousness, have shortness of breath or chest pain, have potentially injured your back or neck, or have any numb or tingling limbs, you should treat it as an emergency and call 911. Allow paramedics to stabilize you and get you to a hospital. Other injuries like wrenching a joint, bumps, and bruises may allow you the opportunity to go to the doctor on your own, but be sure to do it within a few days of the accident so any problems can be investigated.

Resting

The first few days after an injury will be filled with pain and swelling as your tissues react. Treating the injury quickly will decrease inflammation, but you will still be uncomfortable. Talk to your orthopedic doctor about pain management and plan on resting for at least a few days. Your doctor will advise you on activities you may want to do to stay mobile and prevent joint stiffness, while at the same time being kind to your sore body.

If you suspect you’ve been injured, talk to a medical or orthopedic doctor right away to get help. Doing so can save you from years of pain, and will get you back into your routine much faster.

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