Physical trauma or injury can result in significant damage to your tissues and bones. As such, suffering from chronic pain after a traumatic injury is not unusual. In fact, it is often expected after extreme injuries, such as those sustained in an accident. However, even the smallest injuries can result in serious trauma and it is not always evident immediately.
Following a traumatic injury, mild to severe discomfort is normal. Steps should be taken to treat your injury including setting bones, applying stitches, removing foreign objects from wounds, cleaning wounds, and so on as it applies to your unique case. If your discomfort persists following a complete recovery you should seek out medical attention, as this is not normal.
In many cases, those experiencing chronic pain following trauma suffer from a rare syndrome known as causalgia. Causalgia is a result of nerve damage caused by the trauma, which can often explain the persistence of pain even after the recovery process is complete. The nerve does not necessarily have to be damaged, though. Pressure or compression of the nerve is sufficient to cause mild to severe discomfort.
It is important to know that post-traumatic distress is often misdiagnosed. Unresolved symptoms are often wrongly categorized as reflexive sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Seek out an experienced medical professional to ensure your pain is correctly diagnosed and treated.
The nervous system spans the entire body. Post traumatic pain can be caused by any one of these nerves in the nervous system. As such, an accurate diagnosis requires the skills and experience of a trained health care professional. At Advanced Pain Care, our team can determine what the best course of action is for treating your pain. We have multiple locations to serve you: Austin, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Waco and Round Rock.