We hope that after an accident an injury will slowly but surely fade. It’s true that your body is resilient and over time, it will heal, usually. But this is certainly not always the case. Injuries can be long term. This might be due to your age. As you get older, you may develop an injury that doesn’t fully heal. For instance, if you hurt your hip when you are seventy, it is likely to leave you with some form of permanent pain. It could also be due to the extent of the health issue. Sometimes, injuries can be deeper than they seem and may actually develop over time, even when you think that your body has started to heal.
Finally, it’s possible that an injury becomes long-term, purely because you didn’t receive the treatment you needed. These are some of the causes of a long-term injury, but how will it impact your life.
Will You Still Be Able To Work?
Perhaps not, because one of the most common forms of long-term injury is RSI or repetitive strain injury. This injury is caused by typing at your computer, often without breaks for long periods. It’s very common in the workplace today, and you need to be aware of this issue. You can avoid it simply by taking breaks, resting your arms and typing with the right posture.
If you have already developed RSI, surgery might be the best option. With surgery, you may be able to relieve the pain, but it does depend on how long you have had the condition for. It could certainly stop you from working. Thankfully, there is technology these days available that will allow you to type even without the use of your hands.
How Much Will It Cost?
A long-term injury could end up costing you a lot of money, with both medicine and medical treatment bringing heavy bills. If you speak to an attorney at the Levin Firm, you’ll find it’s not uncommon for people suffering from a personal injury to face medical bills worth thousands that become unpayable. That’s why it’s important to always get an injury checked out and find out if it could be long term. Particularly, if it wasn’t your fault.
It’s also one of the reasons why it is so important to make sure that you do have medical insurance and that you are covered for various types of incidents.
What About Your Quality Of Life?
A long-term injury can certainly impact your quality of life. Being in pain constantly may mean that you are not as active as you would like to be. The pain can also certainly impact levels of mobility, and you may find that you need to use a wheelchair or crutches. This can take some getting used to, but you will adapt. It’s also important to look at alternate treatments that could help. For instance, aqua therapy has been shown to be very effective for people who are suffering from a long-term injury. It can relax the muscles and provide the pain relief you might need.
We hope this helps you deal with the issues that come with a long term injury.