When you have been injured on the job, your health is of primary importance, and it is imperative to get the care and treatment that you need to recover quickly and thoroughly.
This also means taking some additional steps to take care of yourself and stay healthy.
Before you do ANYTHING – make sure you find out your options for hiring a qualified attorney – as much of your medical expenses could be covered.
After an injury, it is more important than ever to eat healthy, nutritious meals. Your body needs these nutrients to heal and recover. Try to avoid quick, ready-made meals and fast foods that can detract from your overall health. If possible, cook all your meals using whole raw foods.
If your injury prevents you from providing your meals, rely on friends and family to bring cooked meals to you. Alternatively, look for a meal delivery program in your area that delivers healthy dishes to your home. Should your injury require that you have any special dietary requirements, discuss these with a nutritionist and your doctor to help you incorporate the changes into your daily eating routine.
It is essential to stay as active as your physical injury will allow. Sitting or lying down all day will result in the deterioration of muscle tissue, inadequate blood circulation and even have a negative emotional impact. Discuss appropriate exercises with your doctor to ensure that you do not aggravate your injury or cause another harm.
Getting out of the house for a walk for just a few minutes a day can have a substantial positive physical and psychological effect on your recovery. It is however recommended to challenge yourself as your body begins to heal in order to regain your strength fully. Focusing on physical exercise is also a great way to keep the mind and body busy while you are not at work.
Whether it be with your doctor, or a personal injury lawyer – do NOT miss any appointments! A physical injury and psychological injury require attention from a host of professionals and to give yourself the best chance of bouncing back you need to make all of your appointment.
These appointments have been set up to monitor your recovery and to identify any further conditions that may arise as a result of the work-related injury.
Treatments are essential to aid in your recovery no matter how uncomfortable or stressful they may be.
However, if you feel that treatment is overwhelming and that you cannot cope with the pain or physical and emotional discomfort, discuss the matter with your doctor, and your attorney.
They can recommend alternative therapies or perhaps change your therapist. Although recovery is the priority, your treatment and care should not be at the expense of your physical and psychological comfort.
4. Psychological Care
It is straightforward for a patient who has been injured is unable to work and remains at home all day to develop mental health issues. Most commonly, depression can set in within a few days of the injury and continue to progress.
Not only is this unhealthy for your psychological state of mind but also for your physical recovery. Depression results in isolation, lack of personal hygiene and sleeping too much all of which will negatively impact healing.
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about counseling, therapy or a support group. To take care of your mental health, make sure to keep a busy social calendar, get a hobby or find a means to keep yourself physically and mentally active. It is also essential to avoid unwanted stress during recovery.
It is also important to ensure that you can cover the costs of your healthcare. Keep up with your health insurance payments or guarantee that the compensation you receive from your employer is sufficient to cover your expenses as well as loss of income now and into the future.