More Than a Pain in the Neck: The Long-term Effects of Auto Injuries
Most people think the only symptom of a car crash is a bit of neck pain. Few people realize though that these kinds of injuries can result in a number of additional health problems.
In the first study of its kind, researchers set out to explore the long-term effects of car crashes 6-7 years after the initial accident. Researchers compared individuals with and without neck pain after a rear-end collision with people that had not been in a rear-end collision. They discovered that people with neck pain were significantly more likely than the two other groups to suffer from several other health conditions. Those with injuries reported a greater amount of headaches, low back pain, thoracic pain, ill health, sleep disturbances, stomach aches, fatigue, and depression.
Researchers concluded that auto collisions are more complex than a simple neck injury. They pointed out that there is no single set of symptoms for people with chronic neck injury.
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