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Recovering from injuries with alternatives to pain medication

When you are in a motor vehicle accident, you may experience serious pain from your injuries.

Car crashes can cause a variety of painful injuries, including the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back injury
  • Whiplash

If you sustain an injury in a collision, you should seek prompt treatment. Depending on the urgency of your condition, you may go to the emergency room, make an appointment at an urgent care facility or see your doctor. In order to deal with the pain, you may receive a prescription of medication. 

However, prescription and over-the-counter pain medications are not the only way to reduce pain and move on with your life. Here are some common alternatives to these pain meds.

Dietary supplements

There are plenty of supplements and vitamins on the market that can help with pain, including the following:

  • Fish oil
  • Topical capsaicin
  • Glucosamine

However, you should be mindful of taking supplements without consulting your doctor first. There may be adverse reactions. Always talk to your doctor before taking any supplement.

Acupuncture

One popular pain treatment is acupuncture, a type of integrative medicine that utilizes needles to alleviate pain. There is scientific evidence to show that acupuncture is often successful in treating back injuries, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. 

Yoga

There is sufficient proof that yoga can assist with chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain and arthritis. Yoga helps to reduce stress which can relieve pain. 

Therapy

Injuries have more than just physical effects. Dealing with a traumatic event and ongoing pain can cause or influence depression. Additionally, depression may lower your pain tolerance. Therefore, it may be helpful to seek mental health treatment in order to manage the pain from your car accident injuries. 

Massage

A professional massage can help with pain resulting from back injuries, neck injuries and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, it is relaxing and will help you not be so worried about your injuries.

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