Getting in a major car accident can change your life in an instant. One minute you’re driving to work and listening to the morning news, and the next you’re waking up in an ambulance surrounded by beeping machines. Those who are lucky enough to survive a car accident often leave the hospital with serious injuries that require the use of medical equipment and mobility devices to assist with the recovery process. However, it’s important to remember that you can live a normal life despite your injuries – even if you need a little bit more help than you used to.
Depending on the type and severity of your injury, there are different products you or your caregiver can purchase so you can live a normal life.
Unlike a traditional mattress and bed frame, a hospital bed can be raised and lowered so it’s easier to get in and out of a reclined position. If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury, your doctor may prescribe an electric or semi-electric hospital bed to assist in your recovery.
Patients suffering from a broken leg, nerve damage, paralysis or amputation can benefit from the use of a wheelchair. Whether you’re looking for something lightweight, durable or even motorized, a wheelchair can give you the mobility required to enjoy activities of daily living.
If you or a loved on was in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may begin to notice symptoms of sleep apnea. A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe in.
Car accident victims who experience difficulty breathing after surgery may be prescribed an oxygen tent. An oxygen tent provides oxygen at higher level than normal to decrease stress on the heart and facilitate breathing. It may be recommended for short- or long-term therapy depending on your progress.
Those who are in a car accident and experience a serious trauma to the spine, pelvis or bladder may not be able to control their bladder function like they used to. In this case, a catheter may be used either in the short term or permanently to drain and collect urine from the body.
We can help
While the shock of being in an accident eventually fades, it often takes much longer for physical injuries to heal. Once you’ve returned home from the hospital, you might find it challenging to adjust to the slower lifestyle required by your doctor. At PA Healthcare, our wheelchairs, rolling walkers, transport chairs, and other mobility devices can help make this recovery process as comfortable as possible.
Whether your injuries necessitate a short-term solution for mobility or a long-term adjustment to daily living, we can help. We’ll also deliver what you need anywhere in San Diego or Imperial Counties. Give us a call and let us know how we can help ease your road to recovery.