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Experiencing a motor vehicle accident (MVA) can be a traumatic event that not only leaves physical injuries but also takes an emotional toll. If you have recently been involved in an MVA, you may be wondering how long it will take until you start feeling better. While the recovery timeline can vary depending on the severity of the accident and individual factors, understanding the general process can provide some insight and reassurance. This insight can help with realistic expectations on when you will feel better.

The first thing to keep in mind is that recovering from a MVA is a gradual process that involves both physical and emotional healing. The initial phase immediately following the accident is typically noted by shock and adrenaline. This is normal but can mask pain and other symptoms. As the shock wears off, you may start experiencing various physical and emotional effects. This may be later in the day, the following day, and even into the following weeks. I typically tell patients after the first few weeks they should have a good idea of what is going to hurt. Most will assume they are ok initially and as the adrenaline wears off, they start to hurt.

In terms of physical recovery, it is important to note that each person’s healing is different. Factors such as the nature of your injuries, overall health, age, degeneration, arthritis, and any pre-existing conditions can influence the timeline. For minor injuries like bruises or sprains, you may start feeling better within a few days or weeks with proper rest and care. However, more severe injuries such as fractures, concussions, whiplash, and multiple soft tissue injuries may require a more extended recovery period, ranging from weeks to months. It is during this time that it is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations regarding rest, medication, physical therapy, and any necessary medical tests or scans. Adhering to a structured treatment plan can significantly contribute to your overall healing and reduce the recovery time.

It is also important to address the emotional impact of an MVA. Many individuals experience psychological distress, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These emotions can prolong the recovery process and affect your well-being. There are times when the emotional impact may take longer than the physical impact to heal. Seeking professional help, such as counseling or therapy, can provide valuable support in navigating the emotional wreck felt from an MVA. There are many instances where patients must be referred to a mental health professional. This can help you process your feelings and develop coping strategies. Remember that healing emotionally takes time, and there is no set timeline for emotional recovery. Be patient with yourself and reach out for support when needed.

There are several things you can do yourself that can aid in your recovery process. Chambers Medical Group will help you through specific therapy programs to regain mobility, get you proper referrals and advanced imaging, but you must take care of yourself at home. As mentioned, many times before, rest and sleep will allow the body to heal. You should also eat a nutritious diet to provide your body with the necessary nutrients for healing. Your body will use what you put in it to heal and repair so give it the nutrients it needs. Practice stress management techniques, such as deep breathing (in through nose and out through mouth) or meditation to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

In the end, healing takes time, and it is important to be patient and kind to yourself during this process. With proper medical care, support, and self-care you will gradually start feeling better and regain your physical and emotional well-being following an MVA.

— This article is written by Aaron Workman, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.









































Have you been in a car accident? If you or somebody you know has been in a car accident, be sure that you seek medical attention from a car accident doctor or car accident chiropractor to treat your injuries. Visit Chambers Medical Group  to receive world-class medical treatment for your injuries.

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