LAS VEGAS, Nevada. Have you been injured in a car accident? Are you suffering from a serious injury? You might be facing weeks to months of rehabilitation and recovery. Certain injuries, like back pain, whiplash, PTSD, and TBI can be particularly difficult to treat. Different people might respond to different treatment protocols and finding the right treatment protocol can be expensive and time-consuming. Some patients turn to the internet for information, but misinformation on the internet can sometimes do more harm than good.
While it is understandable to want to heal faster so that you can get your life back on track, it is important to avoid some pitfalls that can make your recovery take longer or even harm you in the long-term. If you’ve been hurt in a crash, it is important to follow up with your doctor and receive proper medical care. There is no substitute for the opinion of a trained medical professional.
According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, approximately 80% of people search for medical information online. When individuals can’t differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources, they might find themselves accessing information that isn’t accurate at best, and just plain dangerous at worst. Even reliable news sources can tend to focus on trending news or research that is still only in its earliest stages, which can lead to distortions of information if patients aren’t savvy media consumers.
According to the New York Times, individuals who are suffering from pain can increase their pain if they read about side effects that turn out to be false. While the placebo effect can create benefits where no benefits exist, the nocebo effect can create the opposite. If a patient believes a certain treatment or certain food will make them sick or worsen their symptoms, they can start to experience pain or worsened symptoms. This again highlights the importance of finding a doctor you can trust who can put you on the right path to rehabilitation after a car accident or after you suffer another serious injury. While alternative medical treatments like massage, acupuncture, or meditation can help alleviate pain, these treatments are no substitute for a licensed doctor’s advice. In some cases, back pain can be alleviated with exercise and meditation, but there are some cases where surgery may be needed. Similarly, individuals who suffer from mild traumatic brain injury might find relief in alternative therapies, but these therapies should never replace a program of rehabilitation guided by a trained medical provider.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident due to the negligence of another person or party, you may be wondering how you’ll afford proper medical care. Not being able to afford rehabilitation shouldn’t be a bar against accessing it. Victims of car accidents, bike accidents, and pedestrian accidents might be able to seek damages from negligent parties for their medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’ve been hurt in a crash and are wondering how you’ll pay for your medical costs or rehabilitation expenses, reach out to Southwest Injury Law, injury lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our firm can review your case, speak to insurance adjusters, and fight negligent parties inside or outside of court to help you get the recovery you may deserve. Visit our car accident attorneys at Southwest Injury Law today. We may be able to help connect you with the resources you need to heal.