Quality of Life is Poorer for Patients with Auto Injuries
Emotional trauma from auto injuries can linger for years after the initial accident. For people with neck injuries after a crash, this trauma can begin to erode their quality of life.
A 2003 Dutch study evaluated the quality of life in people with neck sprains and whiplash compared to the general Dutch population. Researchers discovered that people with neck injuries were more likely to present feelings of inadequacy and depression. They also had an overall lower quality of life and poorer psychological functioning. These factors were worse for participants that had previous psychological issues before the injury.
This study highly suggests that physical pain is linked to a host of psychological concerns. Visiting a doctor in your area can help you address the psychological and physical distress of your auto injury.
Versteegen GJ, Dijkstra PU, Jaspers JPC, et al. Sprain of the neck: quality of life and psychological functioning. A 4-year retrospective study. Quality of Life Research 2003;12:335-343.