Auto accidents are unfortunately common, but many of these events result in superficial and minor injuries. Even those minor injuries could cause you to have pain and discomfort for a few days to a few weeks after the accident. These four tips will help you to care for your superficial injuries so that you can get back to your usual activities as soon as possible.

Treating Bruises

Bruises are a common injury after an auto accident. You may feel tender and sore in the area where you are bruised. Applying a cold pack to the bruise may help to reduce swelling and pain. An over-the-counter pain reliever may also help to relieve your discomfort. Many people find relief with over-the-counter natural remedies such as calendula cream or essential oils.

Caring For Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often lead to superficial injuries such as scrapes. To care for scraped skin after a motorcycle accident, be sure to wash the wound with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic cream to the scrape. Cover the area with gauze and a non-stick pad or a bandage. To reduce the severity of injuries from motorcycle accidents, wear a helmet, knee and elbow guards or long pants and a long-sleeved shirt and jacket.

Healing Strains And Sprains

Strains and sprains are also common after an auto accident. Alternating heat and ice on the sore areas may help to reduce pain and swelling. If possible, elevate the area that is sprained. Physical therapy or a visit to your chiropractor may also help to reduce stiffness, discomfort and loss of your range of motion. For a moderate strain or sprain, a sling or compression wrap may help.

Reducing Aches And Soreness

Aches and soreness may not develop until a day or two after an auto accident. An anti-inflammatory medication may help to reduce your discomfort and pain. Applying moist heat may also help to minimize your aches. Gentle stretching exercises, deep tissue massage, chiropractic care from professionals like Fulk Chiropractic, or physical therapy can help to reduce stiffness and soreness in your soft tissues.
Healing scrapes and bruises takes about one week, while strains or sprains may require a few more weeks to feel better. Be sure to treat your body well by getting plenty of rest and staying well-hydrated. Eating healthy foods with plenty of vitamins will allow your body to naturally heal itself. If your pain gets worse, be sure to see your physician for an evaluation of your injuries.

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