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what happens if whiplash goes untreated

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Studies show improve: Studies in Europe show that the process is generally self limited to 1-2 years of pain which resolves. Patients become functional once again. In oth ... Read More
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
The most important: factor in the recovery from a typical whiplash injury is sufficient passage of time (and avoidance of re-injury) There are things that might accelera ... Read More

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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Safford
34 years experience Critical Care
Concussion : The injury that caused the "whiplash" may be the cause of the symptoms you listed. A ct scan of the head, neck and spine might reveal a previously u ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Tamler
32 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Whiplash: Headaches can be caused by whiplash, but seizures and back pain are unrelated to whiplash.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually nothing: Most cervical whiplash injuries are associated with transient neck discomfort and stiffness. Usually a short course of over the counter nsaids help, a ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
34 years experience Pain Management
Chronic neck pain: Acceleration/deceleration injuries, such as seen in mvas, frequently cause inflammation to the cervical facet joints (joints of neck), which is the cl ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It varies: Whiplash or cervical strain varies quite a bit in symptoms and severity. Mild cases may improve in days to weeks; others may take months. Restoring m ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Cervical sprain: Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and mu ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Relatively quickly: Whiplash type injuries, usually get better within 3 to 6 weeks. I would recommend getting involved in a formal physical therapy course. Anti-inflammat ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes : Yes. These headaches can be of soft tissue origin and occasionally post concussive in nature.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gray Barrow
31 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: As long as you don't have to have prolonged positions should move your neck about every 10 minutes. Should also be in physical therapy.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ari Ben-Yishay
34 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Can be injured: A disc can be injured with a severe whiplash. More often its just a muscular soft tissue injury. Physical therapy with exercises!
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Good start: Seeing your gp would be a good place to start, but they may refer you to an ortho or neuro. Home treatment can start with rest and ice, but make sure ... Read More

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