-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- People appear to be more
likely to develop chronic pain after suffering injuries in a
traffic crash than after other physically traumatic events, a new
In the study, Gareth Jones, of the University of Aberdeen School
of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland, and colleagues looked at
2,069 people who provided information about musculoskeletal pain
and associated distress at three times over four years. The
participants were also asked if they had recently experienced any
of six physically traumatic events: traffic crash, workplace
injury, surgery, fracture, hospitalization or childbirth.
Of the 241 study participants who reported new onset of chronic
widespread pain, about one-third were more likely than other
participants to report at least one physically traumatic event
during the study period.
After the researchers adjusted for a number of factors, they
found that people who reported being in a traffic crash had an 84
percent increased risk of developing new onset chronic widespread
There was no link between new onset of chronic pain and
hospitalization, surgery or childbirth, Jones and colleagues noted
in the study, published in the March 21 issue of the journal
Arthritis Care & Research.
"We believe there are persons -- defined by prior physical and psychological health -- who in the event of a traumatic trigger are vulnerable to developing chronic widespread pain," Jones explained in a journal news release.
"Further research should focus on the unique aspects of an auto accident and the individual's reaction to this particular trauma that causes the increased risk of chronic widespread pain onset," he concluded.
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