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Chronic pain can accompany traumatic brain injury

Fortunately, the vast majority of car accidents result in relatively minor injuries. Victims in these wrecks are often able to walk away with scratches, bruises, and maybe a cut or two. Many others, though, suffer serious harm, such as brain and spinal cord injuries. These individuals often have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and for many recovery itself is limited.

Making matters worse, a new study has found that chronic pain among traumatic brain injury (TBI) sufferers may be more common than we think. According to the study, approximately 50 percent of those who suffer TBI wind up being confronted with chronic pain, defined as pain that can last for six months or more. Most frequently, this pain manifests itself in the form of migraine-like headaches, but chronic pain is not limited to this one symptom.

Instead, TBI sufferers may wind up suffering chronic pain to many areas of their bodies. The neck, shoulders, back, and extremities can all be subjected to this chronic pain. Medical professionals believe that dysfunction in the brain and spinal cord develops after a TBI in a way that primarily affects the musculoskeletal system. Medical experts also expound that it is difficult, if not impossible, to know how long this chronic pain will last, and those who have a serious TBI may not even be able to report it due their inability to properly assess it.

Although advances in medical treatment have opened up new doors for TBI sufferers, the truth of the matter is that many of these victims will be unable to fully reclaim their previous life. Worse still is the fact that these individuals will probably have to find a way to pay for exorbitant medical expenses and recoup lost wages. This can be a challenge, too, but one that may be within reach with the assistance of a skilled legal professional.

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