Getting Recovery Right!

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Injuries are an inevitable part of life and an important learning experience. As children we’re conditioned to learn from all those bumps and scrapes, trips and falls, cuts, and burns and all the hundreds of boo-boos our Mommies kissed better before patching us up and sending us on our merry way. In adult life, however, things are more complicated. We’re less likely to bump our heads on the corner of a coffee table but when we do injure ourselves, there’s a potential for far-reaching consequences. As we get older and get jobs, go to the gym and navigate busy high streets we expose ourselves to greater risks of injury than we ever faced in the relatively safe and cozy confines of our homes and neighborhoods that we enjoyed as kids.

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Injury can be a temporary inconvenience, or it can be a traumatic and costly experience that has a knock-on effect on your job, your career and your finances. Here are some ways you can be sure to get recovery right after sustaining an injury…

If it wasn’t your fault you need to assign blame

While we all trip over an uneven curb or slip on a wet floor every now and then, the people that manage our workplaces and public buildings have a duty to mitigate the risk of slips, trips and falls on their property. If your injury wasn’t your fault, it’s unfair that you alone should have to face the consequences. Call Emroch & Kilduff, LLP to see if you may have a claim. Stress can seriously impede your recovery, exacerbating inflammation and causing you a lack of sleep which will prevent your body from healing properly. Pursuing justice against the people whose negligence caused your injury will help you sleep at night while the damages awarded to you will compensate you for monetary losses for work time lost.

Look after yourself, and that starts and ends with diet

You simply cannot expect to recover quickly and fully from an injury on a bad diet. Nutrition is everything. It helps your body to create better, stronger tissues to repair and replace the tissues we damage during injury or simply during regular exercise. As tempting as it may be to live on take-out food and pre-packaged ready meals as we convalesce, this will make your recovery longer, more difficult and potentially more expensive. Make sure you make the effort to cook wholesome meals which are loaded with foods proven to stimulate recovery such as;

  • Lean proteins like turkey, fish, tofu or seitan
  • Vitamin A rich spinach, broccoli, and kale
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Berries

These foods are rich in protein, vitamins A and C, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidant which aid the body’s healing faculties.

Bounce back stronger, wiser and more vigilant

After the trauma of injury has healed, there’s still a long period of psychological recovery that can take a lot longer than any physical recovery. The only way to help yourself with this is by getting back on the horse as soon as you are physically able, being more vigilant and learning from what happened when you were injured.

This will allow you to bounce back stronger and wiser.