If you have been involved in a car crash or know someone who has been, then you may be familiar with some of the longer-term effects following a crash. Initially, there are injuries that victims suffer that require acute emergency care. For example, a spinal injury might require emergency surgery or other treatments to help minimize swelling and to decompress any pressure on the spinal cord.
Unfortunately, with many kinds of serious injuries there is a risk of pain during recovery. When that pain continues, it is better known as chronic pain.
Chronic pain: A lasting problem following catastrophic injuries
Chronic pain is pain that lasts for three months or longer. It’s extremely common, with over 11.2% of U.S. adults stating that they have this condition. Many people with this condition take pain medications regularly or may participate in regular physical therapy sessions to help cope.
It’s known that those with severe pain have worse overall health and need more medical attention than others. They are more likely to live with a disability or to be disabled by the pain.
People with this condition may need to use many complementary health approaches to overcome pain. Without the right supports, though, they may live with significant pain on a daily basis, struggle with disability and be unable to work.
What are some common kinds of chronic pain?
A few common kinds of chronic pain include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lower back pain
Some of the treatments that might be used to help reduce chronic pain include:
- Physical therapy
There are many possible treatments to try, but the costs add up. That’s why those who are injured in collisions should be looking for ways to hold the at-fault driver responsible for their actions.
Through a personal injury claim or insurance claim, it may be possible to get these medical services covered and to get fair compensation to focus on recovery. Chronic pain can be managed, but finding the right treatment plan takes time. Having the right financial support helps patients as they focus on trying those treatments and adapting to new options.