Motor vehicle accidents can cause a range of injuries. Some conditions, like arthritis, can be aggravated in a motor vehicle accident. Other times, as you will see below, arthritis can take years to develop following an accident.
Here are 3 things you need to know about motor vehicle accidents and arthritis.
Motor Vehicle Accidents And Arthritis: 3 Things To Know
Motor vehicle accidents can lead to post-traumatic arthritis—the wearing out of a joint that is specifically caused by trauma—years later. An injury like this essentially damages the cartilage; in doing so, the joint changes and wears out quickly as a result.
Years later, breaking a bone or tearing a ligament can turn into post-traumatic arthritis. This is true even if you received surgery or used a cast following your accident. In short, damaging your joint increases your chance of developing arthritis by as much as 7X. And, again, even a minor injury can lead to arthritis.
Post-traumatic arthritis can lead to swelling, joint pain, and the accumulation of fluid in the arthritic area. Walking, including up stairs, or playing sports can become difficult.
Post-traumatic arthrosis is best treated with low-impact exercises, strengthening, and certain medications.
Rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly associated with aging, but motor vehicle accidents that result in a traumatic injury have also been known to cause rheumatoid arthritis or aggravate it. Stress is thought to trigger rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the Statutory Accidents Benefit Schedule (SABS), you are entitled to certain benefits following your accident regardless of who is at fault. This could include medical and rehabilitation benefits, which can entitle you to expenses for treatment which may assist with your recovery from rheumatoid arthritis or other medical conditions.
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