If you have been in a car collision, workplace accident, or have been injured in a slip and fall or other incident in Marathon or any South Florida community, a common outcome is pain. Pain following your injury can have an impact on your mental health, your mobility, and your ability to do your job. It can affect your health, increase your blood pressure, and negatively impact your quality of life.
Fortunately, today there are more pain options than ever before. And, if your injury was caused by someone’s negligence you can contact Flaxman Law Group to find out whether you may have a claim and may be able to seek compensation so you can pay for medical treatment, lost wages, and other losses.
How Do I Manage Pain After an Injury?
There are two main types of pain you may suffer after a serious injury: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is sudden and usually goes away after the underlying cause is eliminated. For example, if you trip and fall and break your arm, your pain will diminish as the bone heals.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts for longer than three months and may not always go away when an underlying injury heals. There is still more research being done, but for right now doctors do not understand why some patients who suffer a back injury, for example, continue to experience pain for many months after the initial injury, even when MRIs may not show anything wrong.
The first step to correct pain management after your injury is to talk to your doctor and to properly diagnose the pain you have. You may also be referred to a physician anesthesiologist. This specialist focuses on pain management and treatment.
Depending on your situation, you may be given medications to help manage pain. These may work by disrupting the signals your body sends to the brain, indicating pain.
Doctors and specialists may also recommend surgery or other forms of treatment to address underlying injuries which may be causing you pain. You may go to physical therapy or other forms of therapy – even counseling – to learn to minimize and manage pain. Some patients even turn to alternative options, such as meditation, which can be used in conjunction with traditional medical treatment to address pain.
No matter what has caused your injuries, it is important to find the right team of medical professionals and to keep communicating about your symptoms. You may want to keep a journal of when you feel pain and what levels of pain you experience. You can share this journal with your medical team to help them understand and address your injury.
Should I Seek Compensation for a Painful Injury?
If you are suffering severe pain following an injury, the costs associated with your injuries can be significant. In fact, across the country chronic pain alone costs the United States $635 billion a year per year.
Serious pain can impact your financial life by leaving you unable to work. The medication, medical devices, surgeries, and other treatments can also be expensive. In addition, chronic pain can mean you may need help around the home or may not be able to drive, which can increase your incidental and living costs.
If your injury and pain were caused by someone’s negligence, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 24/7 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. You can also contact us online. We can review your situation and help you understand whether you have a claim for compensation that can help you pay for the many costs you may be facing after your injury.