Do not delay in seeking treatment for pain after a car accident

DO NOT DELAY IN SEEKING TREATMENT FOR PAIN AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

Research shows that doctors should be more aggressive in treating patients for pain in the weeks following a car accident.

Research shows that doctors should be more aggressive in treating patients for pain in the weeks following a car accident.

Research shows that doctors should be more aggressive in treating patients for pain in the weeks following a car accident.

Experts estimate that approximately four million people in the U.S. are admitted to emergency rooms each year due to injuries suffered in car accidents. Most of these patients are sent home after a short period, but some develop severe, debilitating pain that can affect their ability to live their lives normally. While doctors typically approach these sorts of situations conservatively, believing that the pain will dissipate over time, new research suggests that this is not always the case. Indeed, it appears that the best course of action is to being treating widespread pain after a car accident as aggressively as possible.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina’s TRYUMPH Research Program recently examined 895 individuals who were admitted to emergency departments after being involved in car accidents. Participants in this study agreed to have their pain monitored and evaluated over the course of six weeks, six months and one year. The initial evaluation asked patients to provide an assessment of pain in 19 different regions of their bodies and only pain arising as a result of a car accident was included. Overall, the study, the results of which they recently presented at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting, found that 78 of these patients reported serious, widespread pain one year after their accidents.

Interestingly, a number of people whose records were included in the study reported serious pain immediately following their accidents. In most cases, the pain had lessened after six weeks and had all but disappeared after six months. In the subset of patients who reported serious pain one year after their accidents, the pain actually intensified in the period six weeks after their accidents and remained constant afterwards.

Researchers are unsure why some patients follow this “non-recovery” track with respect to pain following car accidents. In future studies, they hope to identify the factors that contribute to some patients being able to recover and some not. By understanding the mechanisms that prevent patients from recovering fully after an accident, they hope to be able to develop more effective treatment strategies.

Unfortunately, often times those involved in car accidents suffer severe injuries. After an evaluation of your case, a personal injury attorney can provide you with information about your options, which may include a claim for compensation for your medical bills and other costs. In some cases, you may have a limited time to file your claim. Do not delay, speak to a personal injury attorney today.

Keywords: Car accidents

Keywords: Car accidents

Keywords: Car accidents