Chronic pain is a condition that can only be accurately diagnosed after it has been shown that the pain is not temporary. A car accident can be the origin of chronic pain in a number of ways. One of the most common is when an accident causes an individual to be thrown from their seated position. Even if the movement is only a short distance and restrained by a seat belt, the trauma that can be caused to the spine can affect the nervous system.
If nerves in the body are captured between segments of the spine, or if the nerves are otherwise damaged or put into an awkward configuration, the individual with the injury can suffer from chronic pain that can make regular movement difficult or even impossible.
Chronic pain that results from a car accident does not always occur independently. Sometimes, an injury such as a broken arm from an impact or fractures in the legs and feet will not heal properly because of the way the injuries were formed. In these cases, a person could become unable to walk or use their hands in any effective manner. Accidents that result in penetrating injuries or severe lacerations that lead to blood loss can actually sever nerve endings or permanently scar bones. This makes the body unable to properly return to a healed state and can lead to a number of chronic conditions that have accompanying debilitating pain.
There are situations where an auto accident that is as minor as a 10 mile per hour impact can place enough stress on the body to cause hard to detect trauma to the head, spine, and upper body. This can result in a number of different conditions that will manifest themselves with constant pain, while also triggering muscle responses that can lead to uncontrollable movements or shaking.
Upper body and head injuries can be severe enough to cause changes to the flow of blood in the brain and surrounding tissue making headaches, migraines, and partial blindness part of everyday life. One problem with the chronic pain that results from an auto accident is that it is not easily detected by doctors. For this reason, victims of an accident need to tell doctors and other medical professionals when they are experiencing pain so that a proper diagnosis can be made.