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Widespread Pain Can Follow Car Accident Victims For Years

After a serious car accident involving injuries, it is vital to call 911 and get immediate medical attention. Medical treatment is vital to regaining your health or minimizing the impact a car crash will have on the rest of your life. Unfortunately for many, one common problem associated with car wrecks is often not properly identified and treated. A new study has shown that many people, roughly 10 percent of those injured in car accidents, suffer pain that does not remit and may actually increase over time. Eventually, pain that you thought would simply go away after a few weeks can become debilitating. The authors of the study suggested that early treatment was vital to addressing persistent, widespread pain.

Even a minor collision can lead to aches and pains. Any collision serious enough to cause immediate injury will lead to some level of pain in the hours, days and weeks following the incident. It is difficult for accident victims to know exactly when the pain is supposed to recede. Without this knowledge, pain that is abnormally severe or long-lasting may be left untreated.

For most accident victims, the pain they experienced was significantly less severe six weeks after the crash. The majority felt little to no pain after six months. The 10 percent that did not experience this tended to see an intensified pain at the six week mark and consistent or even growing pain up to a year later. The impact that kind of pain can have on your life should not be underestimated.

There is not a clear explanation for why some people do not see the same return to normalcy as others following a car accident. If you have been in a crash, you should be aware of the possibility that you are experiencing non-remitting pain that could stay with you and even grow worse without treatment. You should never be afraid to ask questions and seek full medical care following your accident.

Source: MedPage Today, "Treat Car Crash Pain Early On, Lest It Linger," by Ed Susman, 5 May 2014

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