If you have been in a car accident that damaged your physical health, you might feel completely lost on how to regain your old form. No one plans to get into a severe accident that damages their health, and it can be especially disappointing for people who are conscious about their physical condition already.
Whether you were hit by an 18-wheeler or simply collided with a similar-sized car, any car accident can cause physical damage to your body.
Fortunately, it is not as difficult to improve your health while you are injured as you might have already thought!
As a basketball player, I am used to maintaining my physical shape while injured. I have broken my 5th metacarpal (twice), ankle, 5th metatarsal (twice), along with tearing and spraining various ligaments throughout my body.
Check out these tips that can ultimately help you stay in shape and improve your physical health after a car accident!
Step 1: Manage Physical Pain Accordingly
If you were in a severe car accident, it is likely that your injuries are causing you some amount of physical pain.
Many doctors prescribe opioid-based pain medication for any severe injuries, but the over-prescription of opioids has caused an addiction epidemic throughout many parts of the world.
A non-addiction option for pain management is cannabis-based pain medication; specifically CBD oil.
I have a lot of personal experience using CBD products, specifically after I fractured my spine in the fall of 2017. Living with chronic pain makes life nearly impossible, and people throughout the world are quickly learning that CBD oil is an incredible option to help regain quality of life!
Step 2: Put Your Diet in Check
If you suffer injuries from a car accident, it is likely that you will alter your exercise routine (and daily routine). Many people cannot physically exercise or perform daily tasks after a severe car accident, which is why it is vital to have a solid diet strategy.
Not only do you need to watch your macronutrient intake (carbohydrates, protein, dietary fats), but you need to supply your body with necessary micronutrients to repair any injuries.
There are many effective diets for people who cannot exercise; you simply have to find the diet which works best for you.
A few of my favorite diet strategies are:
- Intermittent Fasting
- Ketogenic Diet
- Paleo Diet
Step 3: Begin Physical Therapy or an Exercise Routine
Unless you have sustained life-threatening or severe physical injuries, you should try to begin exercising as soon as you are comfortable moving. If you let your body rest too long, your muscles will begin to atrophy.
Muscle memory is an amazing function of the human body, and it will help you recover strength and coordination quickly.
Furthermore, working with a physical therapist after a car accident is a great way to speed up your recovery and return your body to full strength quickly.
Exercise is a vital portion of having a healthy and lasting physique, and you shouldn’t let a car accident slow you down for too long!