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Can the pain from a back injury lead to mental health issues?

On Behalf of | Dec 24, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists often suffer from more intense injury than people in covered vehicles due to their lack of vehicular protection.

Back injuries rank among the most common for both drivers and motorcyclists alike. But back injuries can have more than just a physical impact.

Back injuries, chronic pain and mental health

As the International Association for the Study of Pain says, pain and mental health have strong and well-proven ties. Many sufferers of chronic pain will develop or experience a worsening of several different types of mental health issues, like anxiety, depression, and even trauma-based disorders.

Back injuries often lead to chronic pain, or pain that lasts for weeks, months or even years at a time. Part of the strength of the ties between chronic pain and depression or anxiety comes from the unknown factor.

People with chronic pain simply do not know when their pain will finally ease and leave. Some fear that they will spend the rest of their lives existing with this pain. It is a fear that can turn even optimistic people into more pessimistic and upset people over time.

Trauma-related to the injury

As mentioned, trauma also exists in many of these cases. The injury itself may cause traumatic associations. The accident that led to the injury might cause flashbacks or nightmares, a signature trait of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The mental toll of injuries also weighs a heavy financial burden upon the victim, too. They need treatment like physical injuries do, and as with physical injuries, treatment can cost a lot of money. This is crucial for sufferers of chronic pain to know when moving forward in their healing.

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