It’s also advisable to keep a journal or some other type of note taking system to keep track of your symptoms following a collision. All too often we go to the doctor’s office with a list of concerns we plan to address with the doctor, but, once the conversation gets started, we forget to mention an issue that’s been bothering us. Additionally, keeping track of your symptoms is helpful because your doctor may have questions about 1) when the pain started; 2) the level of pain you have been experiencing; and 3) the degree of pain in the morning compared to at night. If you have a record of your symptoms, you will be able to easily answer these questions -- which in turn allows you to assist with your own treatment.
In addition to seeking treatment after a collision and keeping track of your symptoms, it is also important you listen to your health care providers regarding future treatment needed to treat your symptoms and then to finish the treatment prescribed to you. While you may start to feel better halfway through your chiropractic treatment or physical therapy, for example, it’s important to finish because your pain and other symptoms may start to reappear.
In sum, your medical providers know what’s best for you regarding treatment needed to address your injuries sustained in an automobile collision. Be sure to listen to both your body and your doctor -- and seek treatment when necessary.