Recovering from an accident can be a challenging and emotional time. The most important person for a successful recovery is you. The TAC is here to support you in achieving your goal of recovering or gaining independence after your accident.
Once you have selected a health professional to treat your injuries, it is important to play an active role in managing your treatment.
Attending treatment is only one part of getting better. What you do to get better while you're at home or at work is also important.
Most health professionals agree that it is better for you to get moving again and return to your daily activities as soon as possible.
Some tips for selecting a treater and managing your injuries
- Seek treatment early, rather than waiting
- Where possible, choose a treater that is close to your home or work. Apart from making it easier to get there and keep your scheduled appointments, it will help you to avoid sitting still for a long drive or trip, which can aggravate muscle strain
- You have an active role to play in your treatment. Ask questions to make sure you know and understand your treatment plan and goals. Measure your progress by looking at what you can do
- Ask your health professional about what exercises you can do to help your recovery and the things you should avoid or be cautious of doing
- Ask your health professional for a general fitness program. Improving your fitness will make you feel better about yourself which will help you in your recovery
- It's a good idea to write down the advice you receive from different health professionals
- You may wish to ask for other types of treatment if you feel your current treatment is not working
- Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion if you are unsure about the treatment that is being offered to you.