Causes of Chronic Pain #4

Continuing our blog series on “Pain”. Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health:


    Traumatic Injury

History of physical trauma accounts for 12% – 40% of cases of chronic pain. Likewise, 15% of people hospitalized after serious injury report chronic pain within the first year. Scientists do not know how an injury can lead to persistent pain. Nonetheless, they believe several factors may increase the risk. These include pre-injury depression, anxiety, and alcohol use, as well as a history of chronic pain. Those who have sustained multiple injuries may be at a higher risk.

    Back Injuries

Back injuries are one of the most common causes of chronic back pain. Heavy lifting, traffic crashes, or high-impact activities can cause back injuries. The lower back is most likely to be affected by such injuries.

    Combat Injuries

Over half of war-related injuries result from explosive devices, landmines, and shrapnel. Almost all injured soldiers complain of pain, and many of them have traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can cause chronic headaches. Delayed wound healing and repeated injuries account for chronic pain in many injured soldiers.

    Sports Injuries

Chronic pain from sports injuries is not a new phenomenon. Studies reveal that 1 in 2 retired football players experience chronic pain. Besides, they also have sleep problems and mild depression. Both of these factors can contribute to chronic pain. An active athlete is continuously exposed to high-risk situations, such as repetitive impacts. They are always under pressure to perform well, and this can take a toll on their health.

    Can Being Overweight Cause Chronic Pain?

Obesity does not directly cause chronic pain, but it can increase the risk. About 4 in 10 people who fit the definition of obese also experience chronic pain of moderate to severe intensity. Furthermore, people who are severely overweight are more likely to have conditions that may cause long-term pain, such as diabetes, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

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