What to Do Following a Car Accident


After you’ve been injured in a car accident, while you are figuring everything out, and possibly before you see your doctor who works on a lien basis, there are a few things you can do to get ahead on your healing process. We spoke with Dr. Martin Andrade from Coast Physical Medicine, our physical therapist who works on a lien in Fountain Valley, CA, and he had some great tips for anyone who has just been injured in a car accident.

Use Ice

Dr. Martin suggests that you ice any area with inflammation following an accident or injury. You don’t need to ice any area for more than 10 minutes at a time, but you should regularly ice it while you see inflammation. By regularly icing the area, you will help reduce inflammation and, in turn, help reduce the discomfort you are feeling.

Keep Moving

One of the best ways you can help yourself heal after an accident is by moving around. If you allow the discomfort to stop you from walking or moving, it could inevitably make you stiffer and more uncomfortable. Dr. Martin isn’t suggesting any intense workouts or movements by any means, rather a nice walk around the block from time to time. By increasing your circulation, you can help the healing process. How so? Well, by increasing your blood flow from a walk, you can reduce stiffness by relaxing your muscles which will, inevitably, ease your pain and discomfort. In fact, increasing your circulation is one of the biggest pieces of advice doctors have for patients who are sore.

And, of course, if you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s important to speak with a doctor or specialist who works on a lien basis to ensure you are getting the treatment you need to recover. Be sure to reach out to Dr. Martin Andrade at Coast Physical Medicine or reference our list of doctors who work on a lien basis.