PTSD Tied to Chronic Pain After Auto Injury

A recent study shows yet again that PTSD after mild auto injuries is anything but “minor.” The study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology, shows patients with post-traumatic stress disorder are twice as likely to have a poorer quality of life compared to those without the condition. While a host of studies have linked whiplash plus PTSD with chronic symptoms, few have analyzed whether these same linkages exist for patients with other mild auto injuries. Prior to adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, their results showed that 56% of whiplash patients reported non-recovery one year after the car accident, compared to 43% of patients with other mild injuries. Whiplash patients were also more likely to report that their symptoms negatively impacted their occupational status (31% versus 23%).