There have been a lot of research articles over the past few years demonstrating the relationship between chronic pain and whiplash injuries. Researchers have explained that once a patient has been injured during an automobile accident, he or she may experience chronic pain.
The concept of “central sensitization” explains that once a patient has a whiplash injury, he or she may develop a hypersensitive area in the spinal cord or brainstem. The irritation of the spinal cord can cause widespread chronic pain throughout the body. This is why some auto accident victims develop fibromyalgia after the accident.
Studies in Europe have shown that patients with whiplash injuries have significantly lower pain thresholds than the control group. The authors have concluded that a reduction in the pain of the injured tissues may help reduce chronic pain in the rest of the body.
If you have been injured in an auto accident and are now experiencing chronic pain throughout the entire body, I would suggest getting medical treatment as soon as possible. Reducing the irritation of the injured site, and the spinal nerves near the injury, could help decrease the pain throughout your entire body.