Rehabilitation for herniated disc from a car crash helps victims handle their intense and lingering pain and limited mobility. It also prevents you from returning to work for some time. Two-thirds of people with herniated discs have been shown to go back to work within seven weeks, reports The New York Times. Back problems (herniated discs) are some of the most common car accident injuries.
Unfortunately, the prognosis is somewhat disheartening. “Up to 75 percent of patients suffer at least one recurrence of back pain over the course of a year. After four years, fewer than half of patients may be symptom-free. Some doctors are approaching the problem as one that is not necessarily curable and that needs a consistent on-going approach,” according to the NYT.
Rehabilitation Can Speed Healing
Taking an active part in your rehabilitation can speed your healing, reduce the chances of repeat injury or ongoing pain, and help you get back to life faster.
According to South Shore Hospital Orthopedic in Hingham Massachusetts, there are four progressive stages of rehab after a herniated disc injury, each with appropriate exercises and guidelines.
- Phase 1: This is the acute phase, where the focus is on pain control and reducing muscle spasms. Doctors may recommend gentle stretching and avoiding activities that worsen the pain.
- Phase 2: In Phase 2, the sub-acute phase, patients begin walking a little more, beginning basic strengthening exercises, spinal stretches, and range of motion exercises. Some bending may be allowed.
- Phase 3: The third phase is called the rehabilitation period. Doctors may initiate functional exercises, recommend cardio, additional stretching and flexibility movements, and allow patients to perform some bending, lifting, and reaching activities.
- Phase 4: The final step is sports-specific. It’s during this stage that your doctor or personal trainer will begin helping you regain functions so that you can return to your particular sport.
You can also ask your rehabilitation specialist for a list of things you can do at home to promote healing and reduce pain. For example, you can apply heat and cold packs to the affected area, take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, wear a supportive brace, and get enough sleep on a comfortable mattress.
Are your rehabilitation bills compensable?
If your car accident was caused by another party, all of your rehabilitation expenses should be compensable. You can recover damages by filing a car accident claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
To ensure you get the full amount of restitution that you’re entitled, call one of our injury attorneys at Walker, Billingsley & Bair in Des Moines. Contact our office today at 515-440-2852 for a free consultation.