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Chronic pain linked to road accidents

22nd March 2011

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have found a strong link between people who have had a road traffic accident who then go on to suffer chronic pain.

The team said people who had been in an accident had 84% more chance of chronic pain then people who had not. Lead author Dr Gareth Jones said: "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. 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."

 

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