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What can I do to walk again faster after an accident?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2021 | Blog, Injuries |

A bad auto accident could leave you with an injury that impedes your ability to walk. Whether you have a serious injury to your spinal cord or you broke a leg, you will likely work with care providers to regain your ability to walk.

The process of learning to walk again can be difficult. Focus Physiotherapy explains the type of injury you have will largely determine how long your recovery will take, but there are things you can do to help make recovery faster in any situation.

Keep moving

One of the biggest things you can do is to keep moving and working. Even if you feel like you are not making progress, the chances are good that things are happening inside your body to help you heal because of the work you are doing.

Studies show movement helps quicken healing, so make sure you do not skip physical therapy or prescribed exercises.

Remind your muscles

Part of your rehabilitation process will be working on neuromuscular reeducation. This is the process of teaching your muscles what to do. After a bad injury, you will need to rebuild pathways and work to remind your muscles how to move to help you walk.

Part of the process will also include working on your balance and coordination. You need to retrain your body to walk. This can take time, but it is essential to do these things if you wish to walk again.

Build your muscles

While you will not be doing extreme muscle building, you will work on some muscle strengthening because you may need to use different muscles than before to walk. In addition, if you have had a long recovery, you may have lost some muscle strength and will need to rebuild it so your legs can work as they should.

Learning to walk again is no easy thing. It takes time, but be patient and follow all orders your doctor gives you.