Chronic Pain and its Relationship to Automobile Accidents

Injuries from automobile accidents can result in serious medical conditions. Most car accident victims expect their injuries and pain to subside over time. But what if that neck pain from your accident never goes away? What if your knee hurts for months after the doctors have told you it should be gone? In other words, what if there is no subjective test result to establish a reason for your ongoing pain? If that is the case you may be suffering from chronic pain.

Chronic pain is acute pain that lasts beyond the expected period of healing. Acute pain is often treatable with medication, surgery, or both. However, there are times when pain does not go away after a reasonable healing period for a particular injury. That is chronic pain. While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain continues over a long period of time and is likely to interfere with daily activities.

Chronic pain is more likely to occur after automobile accidents than any other type of physical trauma. For instance, a study by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland found that people who reported being in an automobile accident had an 84 percent higher chance of developing chronic pain. If you have been in an automobile accident you should be aware of the following signs and symptoms of chronic pain.

  • Pain that continues three to six months after your body is expected to be healed
  • Shooting, burning, or aching pain
  • Discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
  • Tiredness or loss of energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability, decreased concentration, anxiety, or depression
  • Inability to perform daily activities

Chronic pain can be a permanent injury and should not be taken lightly. Attorneys who are knowledgeable in the area of personal injury law should always take chronic pain symptoms into account when they are evaluate a car accident victim’s case.