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Scientists have added one more life-threatening factor to the list of risk factors related to obesity: auto accidents. Obese drivers are more likely to die in auto crashes according to a study from the State University of New York.
Following an auto collision, there are many factors affecting how victims heal from their injuries. Smoking is one factor that has been found to prolong recovery and worsen the pain of auto injuries. Recent research has shown that smoking worsens symptoms associated with a wide range of injuries commonly caused by auto collisions, from back pain to TMD to traumatic brain injuries.
Auto injury patients can suffer from pain symptoms for up to ten years after an auto collision according to a recent study.
Many patients who have been in a car crash exhibit symptoms of sensory or motor system dysfunction, such as coordination problems. Previous studies showed that auto injuries can impair the motor and sensory systems. A 2012 study suggests that coordination difficulties may be caused by distorted visual feedback, the result of altered nervous system processing.
Patients with low speed auto injuries generally have a favorable prognosis, though a significant number develop long-term pain and disability. Predicting who will recover from crashes quickly and whose symptoms will become chronic is very challenging for health-care providers.
Shoulder injuries after car crashes are a problem recognized in the medical literature. Studies have shown that shoulder pain can be complex; it can originate in the cervical spine, it can arise from direct trauma to the shoulder, and it can develop from long-term muscular tension.
Many patients who have been in a car crash suffer from widespread pain and tenderness characteristic of fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome. In fact, the commonalities between the two conditions may result in "spuriously inflated rates" of fibromyalgia diagnoses among auto injury patients, suggests a 2011 study.
Auto injuries often result in long-term pain and disability. A significant proportion of people who have been in a crash experience chronic disability as a result of the injury, although the mechanism by which pain relates to disability is unclear.
A vertebral artery injury (VAI) indicates damaged arteries in the back of the neck. If you have a dull or throbbing pain in this region after an auto collision or other trauma, it could be a sign of VAI. As the head rapidly extends during an auto collision, substantial strain is placed on the structures within the neck, which can injure the vertebral arteries.
Most people think of whiplash as a painful neck injury. Few people realize though that whiplash can generate a number of additional health problems.
Numerous studies have reported that women are much more likely to be injured in a rear end collision than are men. This article examines why this might be.