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8/8/2014 - Study Suggests Even Minor Pain Following Car Crash Needs to be Treated Early


A new study shows the importance of treating even minor pain soon after a car accident.

In the aftermath of a car accident, it's not unusual for motorists involved to be checked out medically to err on the side of caution. And according to a recent study, this may be the best thing to do, as what may eventually lead to widespread pain often begins in the immediate weeks following a crash.

Roughly 1 in 10 individuals who are involved in an automotive collision wind up experiencing progressively worsening pain several weeks after the incident, MedPage Today reported recently, based on a study out of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

June Hu, a statistician at UNC-Chapel Hill who led the research, told the medical news source that more than 4 million adults are admitted to the emergency room each year due to injuries sustained after a car crash.

"The great majority of these individuals are discharged to home after emergency department evaluation, but a subset of these individuals develop motor vehicle collision-related widespread pain which is characterized by substantial suffering and functional loss," said Hu.

He added that based on the results of the study, it's recommended for physicians to initiate treatment for even minor cases of pain early on, as soreness and discomfort may progress to a point in which it's unrelenting. Still, more analysis is needed in order to determine just how prevalent these cases are and if there are similar characteristics during incidents where motorists' pain becomes worse over time, not better.

"Such understanding will inform the development of secondary preventive interventions," said Hu.

The liability portion of an auto insurance policy covers medical-related treatment. However, the Insurance Information Institute recently explained how a comprehensive policy is often the best way to go when taking out a plan, as it provides for things that a basic plan does not, such as damage that's unrelated to an accident.

For more information on car insurance, get in touch with a local Selective agent.


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