By Michael Hancock
Everyone knows how dangerous a car accident can be. But a new study from the U.K. indicates that car accident victims are at greater risk for chronic pain for its survivors than other types of accidents.
The study, which followed over 2,000 individuals, found that of the 241 who reported a new case of chronic pain, an unusually high number had reported being in a car accident. The investigators determined that people in car accidents had an 84 percent increased risk of developing chronic pain. People reporting other sorts of traumatic events, such as those who had undergone surgery or given birth, saw no increased risk of chronic pain.
The investigators suggest that there may be something about the sort of trauma that the body experiences in a car accident that affects the body differently than in other types of accidents. Soft tissue damage in particular (which includes muscles, tendons and ligaments) seems to be a common occurrence among those suffering from chronic pain.
For the purposes of the study, the sort of chronic pain being discussed is defined as “pain above and below the waist, or on both the left and right sides of the body, for three months or longer.” This sort of pain is a primary characteristic of fibromyalgia.
As the study shows, there are often long-term side effects due to a car accident, and if injuries such as soft tissue damage are not treated, they can lead to years pain. If you’ve been in any type of car accident, be sure to get medical attention-and pay attention to what your body is telling you. And if that accident may have been someone else’s fault, call Tampa accident attorney Mike Hancock at 813-915-1110 for a free, no obligation telephone conversation about your car accident.