How to Cope with Pain After a Horse Riding Accident

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Being laid up after a horse riding accident can be an uncomfortable experience. Depending on how the accident happened, you might be suffering from painful injuries, muscular pain, and possibly even broken bones. 

You may not be able to get back into horse riding for a while yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lessen your pain while you wait for the right time to get back on the horse. Here are a few helpful tips for coping with pain after a horse riding accident: 

Try Cannabis Products

Not everyone wants to use over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication to manage their pain, especially if they’ve previously encountered uncomfortable side effects or consequences. In that case, consider cannabis goods like THCa gummies

Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCa, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. It’s the precursor to THC but doesn’t cause a high unless heated. In gummy form, THCa may be helpful for managing pain.

Studies exploring the therapeutic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids found that oral cannabinoids may be beneficial for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis-related spasticity, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. If you’re unsure whether THCa gummies or other cannabis products are right for you, ask your healthcare provider. 

Seek Medical Attention

Even before you start looking for pain relief options like cannabinoids, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, it can be essential to seek medical attention after a horse riding accident. Healthcare professionals can undertake a full body assessment to learn more about your injuries and provide suitable treatment options to put you on the road to recovery. They can also provide pain management recommendations to alleviate your pain and suffering while you heal. 

Rest

While you might be eager to get back on a horse after suffering from an injury, rest is likely what you need more than to be back in the saddle right away. Give your body time to heal by avoiding anything that prolongs healing or worsens your discomfort. 

Listen to your healthcare provider’s recommendations for how long you should refrain from riding horses or participating in other physically demanding activities. Failure to follow their instructions might mean you take longer to heal. 

Explore Physical Therapy

Just as physical therapy can be important for horses, it can also be crucial for their riders. If your primary physician has recommended physical therapy for your injuries, find a physical therapist who can help you on your healing journey. 

Physical therapists can help evaluate and record your progress, provide tips for preventative care, and help with rehabilitation and injury treatment. Their expertise can be invaluable while you’re on your healing journey. 

Use Heat and Ice

Many horse-related injuries can result in severe pain, discomfort, swelling, and inflammation. While over-the-counter pain relievers and even cannabis products may help with your pain, you may also like to try heat and ice. 

An ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth on a painful area may reduce inflammation while numbing the site to help you feel less pain. If you’re experiencing muscle pain and stiffness, use a warm compress or hot water bottle to relax your muscles. 

Coping with pain after a horse riding accident can be challenging, but you’re not short of treatment options. Explore some of these techniques with your healthcare provider, and you may be on the road to recovery before long.