I read an interesting article in the European Spine Journal titled “The association between a lifetime history of a neck injury in a motor vehicle collision and future neck pain: a population-based cohort study.”
Yes, that’s a big title. But the study looked at an incredibly simple issue: are neck injuries in car accident a harbinger of neck pain later in life after the injury has resolved. So the study looked at the association between a lifetime history of neck injury from a motor vehicle collision and the development of troublesome neck pain.
The answer was what plaintiffs’ car accident lawyers were sure to tell you would be the case: patients with a history of neck injury in a traffic collision are more likely to experience future neck pain.
This is a good study. It took 919 randomly sampled Saskatchewan adults with no or mild neck pain in September 1995. At baseline, participants were asked if they ever injured their neck in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Six months and a year later, they looked into the whether the patient had meaningful neck pain on a chronic pain grade questionnaire.
The researchers found a positive association between a history of neck injury in car crashes and the onset neck pain The conclusion is that patients history of neck injury in car accidents are at greater risk for developing neck pain in the future.
This is a study worth sending to your experts in some cases to strengthen permanency opinions.