Neck injuries are associated with major socioeconomic consequences for patients, their partners, and society, but Danish researchers say increased costs after injury cannot be explained by the injury alone.
A large matched register based study found that these patients already had lower employment rates, lower incomes, and negative social and health related status up to 11 years before their neck injury compared with controls.
The researchers suggest that these patients have a pre-existing vulnerability.
Source: Spine 2013;38:449-57, doi:10.1097/BRS.ob013e3182819203.
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