If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows seems like common sense. However, it may be startling to hear that crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain. This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland
. Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to accidents, such as motor vehicle, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations. By interviewing 241 participants three times over a period of four years, researchers found some interesting results. In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, 1/3 of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain. There was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.
These results are extremely important when it comes to making a legal claim after a traumatic event, such as an automobile accident or a slip and fall. By gauging your pain over a period of months and years, it becomes apparent when pain has resulted from the accident and is now chronic pain, or whether it's due to the healing process. Talking to a physician may aid in helping to sort out your type, frequency, and intensity of pain in order to best treat you. Chronic pain is also a significant factor in legal practice and is often taken into consideration when filing a claim surrounding the traumatic event.
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