Suffering from any form of injury in a crash can have devastating consequences. But of these injuries, the ones to the back can have a surprisingly long-lasting impact that victims may not anticipate.
In just what ways can a back injury really impact a victim’s life?
Losing your ability to work
Cleveland Clinic discusses the impact of back injuries on daily life. First, back injuries can directly impact a worker’s ability to return to their job. Many have to take a period of time off to rest and recover, which is an issue if they do not have paid time off available. This can create a sticky situation especially when paired with the cost of medical treatment.
Some workers never return to their jobs, too. Due to the severity of their back injury, they simply cannot do the work they once could. Some employers may move them to a more suitable branch, but others may have to let the worker go.
The impact of chronic pain
Second, many people do not consider the way chronic pain can affect a person’s mood. In fact, there is a strong and clinically proven tie between chronic pain and an increase in anxiety and depression. Victims who deal with pain and simply cannot get rid of often find it consuming their thoughts and making it difficult to concentrate on any aspect of life at all, but especially the more positive parts.
Between these two issues alone, it is easy to see how back injuries and the related pain can impact a victim’s life. This is why quick and accurate treatment is so crucial not only for recovery but to avoid these worst-case scenarios.