Many people think that when someone gets hurt in a car wreck, they may suffer a broken bone, bruises, or a head wound. There is another type of injury that unlike a broken bone is not immediately detectable with the naked eye but which can be just as devastating: myofascial pain. This is a chronic form of muscle pain that can severely lower a person's quality of life.
Myofascial pain centers around sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points. The trigger points can be painful when touched and the pain may spread throughout the affected muscle, according to the Mayo Clinic. In a car crash, many victims suffer serious neck pain that they initially believe is whiplash. It may worsen and become myofascial pain syndrome. This means the pain persists for years. Other common myofascial pains caused by car wrecks include lower back pain, headaches, and pelvic pain.
Our firm has experience representing clients who are struggling with this type of chronic condition. We represented a client who was in a car accident in Virginia Beach, VA, and suffered a wrist sprain, neck sprain and back sprain. She developed myofascial pain syndrome in her neck and shoulder that would continue to affect her for the rest of her life. We took her case to trial and secured a large jury award so she could afford to pay for decades of future medical treatment.
Becoming injured in a car crash is awful. If it turns out you'll be struggling with the effects of that injury for years from myofascial pain syndrome, do not let the at-fault driver get off the hook. Consult with an attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.