Have you recently suffered from an injury? Whether it’s a fall at work resulting in a concussion or a pulled muscle from a gym workout, there are various things you can and should do during your recovery process. Here are just some of them:
1. Take your time
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Recovering from an injury can unfortunately sometimes be a lengthy process. It is important that you take your time and don’t rush the recovery process, as this can often result in further injury. Focus on the small victories throughout your recovery journey and work on accepting that it may take a while until you are completely recovered.
2. Prioritise your mental health
When recovering from a physical injury, it is common for mental health to suffer. If your mobility is impacted, then it may be that you aren’t able to go about your daily tasks or socialize as you usually do. Losing this independence can be very challenging, particularly if you live alone or don’t have nearby support.
Injuries can also often impact your physicality as they may mean you aren’t able to exercise or even carry out your work. This can understandably have detrimental effects on mental health and so it is crucial that this is prioritized alongside physical recovery.
There are lots of useful mental health resources available that will guide you in taking care of your mental well-being during this difficult time.
3. Follow the advice of healthcare professionals
In today’s society, it is very easy to fall into the trap of turning to ‘Dr. Google’ for medical advice. Whilst this can be useful in providing easy-to-access advice, not everything you read online will be factually accurate. Therefore, it is imperative that you follow the advice and guidance provided to you by medical professionals such as your GP or hospital nurses above all else.
Going against their advice in favor of something you have read online can be very dangerous and it is always advised to consult your doctor before trying anything new to aid your recovery.
4. Know your rights
As well as the physical and mental impacts of an injury, there are often financial impacts too. Having to take time off work and potentially paying for additional support and care during this time can be costly.
If your injury is a result of negligence from a third party such as your work or the gym you attend, then it is important that you know your rights and receives adequate compensation. For example, even if you have only suffered a minor head injury, you may still be eligible for head injury compensation.
The best way to learn about your rights is by researching via the government website and speaking with solicitors experienced in medical claims.