Accidents are always shocking, stressful, and traumatic. You’ll feel the effects ten times harder if you find yourself incapacitated, even temporarily, after an accident-induced injury.
The impact of mobility loss on your mental state can range from frustration to depression. However, coming up with a clear, step-by-step recovery plan can help you avoid the more severe psychological trouble and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Let’s briefly examine what you can expect if this happened to you and suggest ways of regaining your mobility and independence.
What Is Mobility Loss?
Healthy muscles, joints, and bones allow you to move around freely, performing everyday actions with comfort and ease. When your body gets injured, you lose some of that capacity.
Mobility loss is a scale. You could experience discomfort while engaging in physically-demanding hobbies, have trouble walking, or not be able to get up at all. It happens gradually to everybody as we age, but after an injury, it’s often debilitating.
It’s also incredibly frustrating because it happens so suddenly. Plus, you might feel the physical damage continuous effects in the years to come, especially without proper treatment as soon as possible.
Therefore, planning is critical for maintaining your physical and mental well-being in the process.
Physiotherapy Can Help
Post-accident physiotherapy seeks to return your body to normal, helping you regain flexibility, strength, and range of motion. However, it’s typically only a part of your recovery treatment, which you’ll outline with your doctors.
You also might require surgery, either soon after your accident or later, if you don’t seem to be healing at proper speeds. Physiotherapy is useful in this case, too, helping you prevent the necessity for invasive treatment months after the trauma.
So, be sure to continue cooperating with medical professionals even after you get dismissed from the hospital. That way, they can devise a treatment plan that matches your situation and injuries. Therapy solutions include:
- Ice or heat application
- Electrical stimulation
- Guided massage treatment
- Therapeutic stretching exercises
- Strength exercises
- Ongoing conditioning routine planning
How long you’ll have to keep seeing a professional depends on the injury severity and how diligently you follow the at-home treatment part by yourself.
Rehabilitation can take a long time after severe accidents, and particularly if you’re older or in poor health. In these cases, mobility equipment can do wonders for helping maintain your independence as you recover.
For example, imagine you injured your foot. Acquiring a pair of crutches ensures you can freely move around your home and even go outside without further straining the healing injury.
During the early stages of joint recovery, walkers and knee walkers help you move with ease and comfort. As you’re regaining strength, you might transfer to a rollator for some assistance. Then, transition to a one-hand side walker until you’re stable on your own.
In most severe cases, you could end up needing a wheelchair.
Coming to terms with this fact is challenging for many, but the sooner you accept it, the better. After all, it beats staying bound to your bed until you regain enough stamina for walkers.
You could go for the manual version to keep your arms active. If you’re facing a long recovery, though, power wheelchairs are the best option.
The Bottom Line
Finally, do your best not to lose hope. There’s a stressful, tedious process ahead, but it’ll yield positive results as long as you maintain the right mindset and follow a plan.
Your body went through significant trauma, but it’s likely to heal 100% with the right approach. Even if you end up never playing tennis again, you’ll walk with ease and discover new hobbies with time