Can Injury From Car Accident Cause Bone Spurs & Rhemotiod Artisitis?

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Can Injury From Car Accident Cause Bone Spurs & Rhemotiod Artisitis?

I WAS REAR END 1 YEAR AGO... NOW MY ORTHOPEDIC DR SAYS THAT MY PAIN AND SWELLING IN MY NECK AND SHOULDERS COME FROM A BONE SPUR IN MY C4 LEVEL AND I HAVE RHEMOTOID ARTHRITIS . COULD THIS HAVE COME THE CAR ACCIDENT

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. The cause is not known but it is suspected that certain infections or environmental factors may trigger it. There may also be a genetic factor to RA. Although there is no scientific evidence that RA can be triggered by an accident, many patients attribute the onset of their RA to an accident, surgery or other traumatic event.

Bone spurs are the result of the body trying to repair itself by building extra bone, trying to increase the surface area of a joint so the weight is distributed more evenly. They often form as a response to pressure, stress or rubbing that occurs over a long period of time. It is conceivable that a bone spur could develop from an injury received in an accident. Damage to the joints caused by arthritis can also lead to bone spurs.

Although I don't know that you could ever prove the bone spur and RA were caused by the accident, since other patients have reported similar experiences, I don't know that you could rule it out.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards