Car Crashes Increase Your Risk of Chronic Pain
Many people walk away from auto collisions with only minor aches and pain that can resolve itself in a matter of weeks. Others are faced with life-changing conditions like chronic whiplash, brain injury or widespread chronic pain. The condition of >widespread chronic pain, often a characteristic of fibromyalgia, is pain below and above the waist, and on both sides of the body that lasts longer than three months. While there are many cause of widespread chronic pain, new research suggests that traumatic events like auto collisions may significantly increase your risk of developing it.
A recent study from the UK asked 6, 209 people to fill out a questionnaire on their health and experience with pain. Four years later, 2, 069 of the original participants filled out another questionnaire updating their symptoms. 1 in 10 of the participants had developed widespread chronic pain since the original survey. 76% of those participants had experienced a traumatic incident like a car crash, surgery or broken bone. Whether someone had been in an auto accident actually predicted whether they had developed widespread chronic pain in many cases.
If you suffer from chronic pain or fibromyalgia after an auto collision, you don't have to continue living a life of in the shadow of your accident. Chiropractors have been effectively treating fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions for years. Contact a chiropractor about receiving safe, effective treatment.
Jones GT, et al. "Road traffic accidents, but not other physically traumatic events, predict the onset of chronic widespread pain: Results from the EpiFunD Study" Arthritis Care and Research 2011.