After an automobile collision, one of the risks is that you may have to live with permanent injuries or chronic pain. Sometimes, even though the body appears to have healed, people still have pain daily or regularly.
That chronic pain can cause all kinds of dysfunction in a person’s life ranging from struggling to get enough rest to having to take more regular breaks to do the things they could normally do easily before their injuries.
Chronic pain is something that victims may need to live with, but there are some tips that could help. Here are three to consider.
- Stress may increase chronic pain, so reduce it
Stress, emotional or physical, has the potential to increase chronic pain and the body’s sensitivity to pain. Controlling stress can actually promote relaxation and help reduce pain. Calming music and mental imagery relaxation can both help victims feel more peaceful while focusing on reducing the body’s reaction to pain.
- Endorphins play a role in chronic pain, so exercise regularly
Even if you deal with chronic pain, one of the things you should do your best to include in your daily routine is exercise. Even if it’s something as simple as walking to and from your mailbox or doing a short dance in your living room, exercise can help release endorphins that reduce pain.
- Continue to see a medical professional
Sometimes, people stop seeing their doctors because they believe that their pain can’t get better. They may take medications for long-term pain relief and not see much relief at all.
Continue going to your doctor or get a second opinion. You may find that you’re able to try a new medication or new treatment that directly addresses the source of your pain, so that you can live more comfortably.
You can seek compensation
Chronic pain is difficult to live with. If you are harmed in a collision and have chronic pain as a result, you should take steps to hold the other party responsible. That way, you can seek the compensation you’ll need to receive continued and ongoing medical care for your pain.