Road accident link to chronic pain

ONSET of chronic widespread pain is more common after traffic accidents than other traumatic events, a Scottish study suggests.

And people with poorer physical or mental health before the accident were more prone to pain afterwards, the University of Aberdeen researchers found.

They followed 2069 participants in a study providing data on musculoskeletal pain and psychological distress at three time points over four years.

Patients were asked about their recent experience with six physically traumatic events – traffic accident, workplace injury, surgery, fracture, hospitalisation and childbirth.

New onset chronic widespread pain – above and below the waist or on both sides of the body for three months or longer – was reported in 12%. 

People with such chronic pain were a third more likely than those without the pain to report a traumatic event. 

After adjusting for baseline pain and other