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If you’ve ever been on a motorcycle, then you know that it’s one of the more exciting ways to travel. With the wind in your face, it can feel more like you’re flying than driving. However, given how exposed you are on a motorcycle, you’re more likely to be involved in an accident than if you’re in a car. That’s why it is so important to practice safe driving habits and wear protective equipment including a helmet while riding a motorcycle. If you are in a motorcycle accident, having a plan to treat your injuries can help expedite your recovery and get you back to full strength. Here are 5 ways you can treat motorcycle injuries.
Clean the injury
After a motorcycle accident, you’re likely pretty scraped up. One of the most common types of injuries is road rash, which can involve bleeding, bruising, and tears of your skin. It’s important to make sure that exposed areas don’t become infected. Remove any road debris from the area and then apply rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap to the affected area. Rinse until it’s clean.
Cover the injury
Cleaning the injured area helps prevent infection in the immediate aftermath. Until the area is completely healed, it’s important to prevent it from infection. You can use an antibacterial lotion to help the wound heal and then cover it with a bandage. Change out the bandage daily. It can also help to wear clothing that covers the injury, including pants or a long-sleeve shirt.
Apply relief to the area
For some injuries, applying hot or cold compresses can help relieve pain. To reduce swelling, hold a cold compression against the injured area multiple times each day for several minutes. After a few days of icing the area, use a hot compress against it to help provide more relief.
For less serious pain after a motorcycle crash, you can consider over-the-counter pain relievers that can be purchased at most grocery stores. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin and Aleve are all brand-name relievers that are commonly recommended.
Visit a chiropractor
Visiting a chiropractor can be a critical step to getting better and treating your pain. A chiropractor can help determine the exact injuries you’ve suffered after a motorcycle accident and how to best relieve them. Chiropractors are trained in alleviating all sorts of pain and many specialize in pain caused by accidents on the road. Often, insurance can help cover the cost of chiropractic care, and because it’s non-invasive, it can be less risky than other treatment options. Speak to a chiropractor to see how they can get your body feeling right again.
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