Health Tip: After a Car Accident

ByABC News
March 24, 2008, 2:39 AM

Mar. 23 -- (HealthDay News) - Traffic accidents often cause more than physical injuries -- they can also cause emotional and mental trauma.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to prepare your mind and body for a return to the road:

  • Take care of your physical injuries -- see your doctor about any post-accident pain.
  • As long as your injuries permit, try to get some exercise. Speak to your doctor about setting limits.
  • Talk about the experience with your friends and family. This may help you better deal with post-accident anxiety.
  • Resume your old routine and daily activities.
  • Teach yourself to become a more defensive driver. Always wear a seat belt, and practice good driving habits.