Feeling pain is inevitable-something as small as a paper cut or something as serious as a muscle sprain can cause pain in a California resident’s life. Generally, we expect the injury to resolve itself and once one is healed, for the pain to subside. However, this is not always the case. In some instances, the pain continues for months and even years.
Chronic pain, as it is defined, is when someone keeps hurting, feeling pain for three to six months or more. Generally, when someone feels pain, it is coming from a series of messages that are going through the nervous system-an injury turns on pain sensors in the injured area. The sensors send a signal to the brain, which processes it and sends out a message that one is hurt. When the injury heals, the signal stops. But in chronic pain, the nerve keeps sending out signals long after it has apparently healed.
Some common causes of chronic pain are back pain, infections, arthritis and past injuries. it is also possible for chronic pain to begin without any cause. The resulting pain can be anything from a dull ache to a burning or shooting pain. Pain is just one of the symptoms-it can manifest by the affected person feeling tired, weak and having trouble sleeping. It also prevents someone from performing their best in their day to day activities.
Chronic pain can often be the result of a work injury, but since the apparent injury has healed and the only person who can feel it is the accident victim, it can often be difficult to prove. However, that should not deter someone from claiming workers’ compensation benefits to which they are entitled. An experienced attorney may be able to help accident victims gather the requisite evidence for their claim.