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Here are all of our articles on Fibromyalgia and Car Crashes.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition with many varied symptoms. Temporomandibular joint disorders are one potential symptom. A recent study sought to add to the understanding of TMJ disorders in patients with fibromyalgia. The study compared TMD features in 40 women with fibromyalgia with TMD in 40 healthy participants.
Fibromyalgia is known to trigger widespread musculoskeletal pain, but few studies have examined the link between the condition and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
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.
Most studies on car-crashes and neck pain focus on injuries sustained in rear-end collisions. Less is known about the effects of frontal crashes on the cervical spine. To help fill that gap, researchers from Sweden recently investigated whether neck injuries from frontal crashes differed from those sustained in rear-end collisions.
Vehicle crashes may cause injury to multiple structures within the cervical spine, including the facet joint and intervertebral disc. In an attempt to reduce neck injuries during rear-impact collisions, some automakers now incorporate active injury prevention systems into vehicle designs.
Is it possible to be injured in a low-speed car crash? Simply put, the answer is yet. A number of studies have shown that a rear-end auto collision, even one occurring at low speeds, has the potential to cause shoulder pain, neck damage, and other injuries. However, fewer studies have investigated the effects of a low-speed frontal car crashes.
Should elderly drivers be required to undergo medical screening in order to keep their license? A recent study found that when physicians warned a patient that they were potentially unfit to drive, they were less likely to be involved in a car collision within the next year.
Around the world, traffic accidents are estimated to account for 50% or more of spinal injuries each year. Many of these injuries are sustained by motorcyclists, who are more likely to be injured severely compared to car occupants. A recent study analyzed the crash characteristics of motorcyclists who sustained spinal injuries in a collision, with the aim of identifying the most common risk factors.
The goal of this study was to compare car crash patients to patients with fibromyalgia and non-traumatic neck pain, and to determine if there was a particular pain pattern unique to those who had been in a collision.
Crash studies show that the cervical spine undergoes abnormal motion during a side-impact auto collision.
A low level of serotonin (S-5-HT) has been associated with fibromyalgia (FM) in previous studies, and some researchers believe may be a causative factor in chronic pain. The authors of this current study compared the levels of serotonin between chronic temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain subjects, FM patients, and healthy controls to determine if there was a relationship.
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.