The most common injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall incident often involve the back, neck and head.
Back injuries in particular can have a major impact on a person’s life. Not only do they affect physical health, but they also affect mental and emotional health, too.
Physical impacts of back injuries
The International Association for the Study of Pain discusses the impacts of slip-and-fall incidents leading to back injuries. Back injuries affect people physically in many ways, and a number of these ways can take a lot of time to recover from.
First, there is the recovery time itself. Even mild back injuries often take days to subside, with a week or more being the average amount of time it takes for a sprained muscle to get through the inflammation stage.
Back injury victims should not return to work until they are past this stage, but many workers do not have the ability to take that much time away from the job. This creates a cycle in which they return to work too early and worsen the injury, thus having to take more time off.
The mental and emotional toll
These injuries have mental and emotional impacts, too. Chronic pain is a huge potential cause for the formation or worsening of mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Some chronic pain sufferers may even develop trauma or stressor-based disorders due to the intensity of their condition.
Having to deal with the emotional consequences of chronic pain on top of the physical effects can seriously cause a person’s life to change in negative ways that may surprise a person.