While speaking to a Fresno personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for an injury, what do you do to recover and get back to your normal life? Knowing how to treat your body when it is injured can speed up recovery time and ensure that your injuries heal properly.
This technique works for sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries. It speeds up healing while reducing pain and inflammation.
Rest: Your tissues need time to repair themselves. Continuing to exert yourself will only cause more damage.
Ice: Cold therapy relieves pain and swelling. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and press it to your injury for about 10-15 minutes at a time.
Compression: This reduces swelling. Wrap a compression bandage tightly around the area. Make sure blood can still flow normally.
Elevation: Raise the injury above your heart to reduce swelling.
Avoid HARM behaviors.
Heat: Heat increases inflammation.
Alcohol: Alcohol increases swelling and can cause more pain.
Run: Your injury needs to rest; exerting yourself further will slow down healing.
Massage: Massage is more likely to cause increased internal bleeding.
Multivitamins and Supplements
Make sure your body has the nutrients it needs to repair your tissues. Eating the right foods and avoiding ones that can slow healing will ensure that healing is as efficient as possible.
Take a multivitamin every day to avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Consider trying a supplement such as glucosamine and chondroitin or glutamine. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements repair joint damage, while glutamine repairs muscle tissue damage.
Eat foods that reduce inflammation, such as fresh vegetables, berries, kiwi, olives and olive oil. All of these foods have oils and other substances that reduce inflammation.
Avoid fried foods and spicy foods, as well potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and refined flour. These all increase inflammation.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration slows all your body’s processes down, including tissue repair.
Visit a Physical Therapist
If your injury needs long-term healing, getting back into a routine can be difficult, especially if you’ve lost some strength in the area or need help managing pain. A physical therapist can show you pain management techniques and help you with strength-building exercises that will help your body return to normal.