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Today my friend took my arm and pulled it forward quickly causing a pretty forceful whiplash like head jerk. No symptoms. Can that cause a concussion?

Today my friend took my arm and pulled it forward quickly causing a pretty forceful whiplash like head jerk. No symptoms. Can that cause a concussion?

No: A concussion by definition is a head injury causing loss of consciousness, loss of memory, or a combination of both. You do not describe any of the above, so, you have not had a concussion. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Definition)

A term typically used to describe a hyperextension injury to the neck, often associated with a motor vehicle accident. It is not unusual for patients who have sustained a whiplash injury to not show clear radiologic signs of trauma. Whiplash symptoms may come from an injury to the posterior facet ...Read more


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Can jumping and landing on heels/straight leg cause a concussion from vibrations? Or running and then slamming heel to stop abruptly (head whiplash)?

Can jumping and landing on heels/straight leg cause a concussion from vibrations? Or running and then slamming heel to stop abruptly (head whiplash)?

Technically yes BUT: Just because something is possible doesn't mean probable! Certainly if someone jumped from a high enough distance, the landing force could cause injury, but a lot of parachutists who land at 20 to 30 miles per hour do just fine, without injury. Acrobats do leaps and twists without injury.
So, typically in normal running and jumping, the body can accommodate and protect us. ...Read more

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Can a trauma to the brain like a Brain Surgery or a severe concussion or whiplash cause OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder later in life?

Can a trauma to the brain like a Brain Surgery or a severe concussion or whiplash cause OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder later in life?

OCD: Is an attempt to control the uncontrollable in life through repeated thoughts and behaviors. There are a combo of factors and some mystery as to its cause. These include genes and personal history. It is likely that the trauma you have been through contributes to your OCD more than the surgery itself. Please see your doc and then a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Concussion & whiplash, what's the difference and is it serious?

Concussion & whiplash, what's the difference and is it serious?

Brain vs neck: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury usually after a direct blow to the head or a violent collision. Common symptoms include headache, dizziness, neck pain, memory and concentration problems. Whiplash is a strain/sprain involving the neck muscles and ligaments usually seen during a deceleration mechanism such as a car wreck. The degree of seriousness varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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How to treat severe whiplash and concussion?

How to treat severe whiplash and concussion?

Depends: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The best thing is to give your brain complete rest. The more stain you place on your brain while it is attempting to heal, the more likely it is to slow down the healing process. ...Read more

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How long does whiplash last and when does exhaustion from a concussion leave?

How long does whiplash last and when does exhaustion from a concussion leave?

Hard to say: Concussion and whiplash injuries vary in severity. The pain from a whiplash will usually resolve in a few weeks and is best treated with early therapy and over the counter medications. Sometimes whiplash will last longer and in some cases the pain will become chronic. If symptoms of a concussion persist then you should check with your doctor to make sure nothing more serious is going on. ...Read more

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I got a mild concussion snowboarding on Saturday afternoon. I feel mentally fine but have whiplash. When can I drink? Play volleyball?

Concussion: I would first see a physician and make sure you are ok. You may need some xrays if not already taken. Sometimes a mild concussion can result in something worse such as subtle bleeding around the brain which can be made worse with activity. ...Read more

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How long would it take for whiplash from a car accident to go away for someone who has already had damage from a concussion and 3 Brain operations?

How long would it take for whiplash from a car accident to go away for someone who has already had damage from a concussion and 3 Brain operations?

Varies: It varies tremendously, in part also because the term whiplash covers so many possible injuries. Simple muscular injuries can often respond by 2-4 weeks after injury; injuries to the posterior facets can takes months of even cause chronic pain in some cases. I would not hesitate to be seen and evaluated for your injury. ...Read more

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Frontal Sinus area bones appear more enlarged on my forehead recently. I'm a female 62 who had a mild concussion and whiplash 4 months ago. Worried.

Frontal Sinus area bones appear more enlarged on my forehead recently. I'm a female 62 who had a mild concussion and whiplash 4 months ago. Worried.

These are not rel-: -aged. It could be that you have lost some weight, as that can make your face more gaunt and the bones seem more prominent than before. If that's all you are left with after a concussion, consider yourself lucky. ...Read more

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Sustained a slight concussion/ moderate whiplash 2 weeks ago. Been taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for headache for 8 days, little to no relief when wears off. Typical?

Need diagnosis: The head and neck issues may be interacting, and the neck may be a trigger for the headache, but might consider possibility of disc protrusion, or even thoracic outlet syndrome secondary to shoulder strap. Also, might wonder about intracranial problem. See your doc and try some conservative meds and physical therapy first. ...Read more

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Tingling left cheek, fingers and foot. Normal brain MRI & blood work. History of concussion & whip lash in past year. What should I do next?

Tingling left cheek, fingers and foot. Normal brain MRI & blood work. History of concussion & whip lash in past year. What should I do next?

Your symptoms: Are too vague and not anatomically connected. Concussion and whiplash have very little if anything to do with your complaints. If otherwise healthy, examine your social, family, work, and financial well being. Correct what needs correcting before seeking a medical diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can cause a concussion?

Blow to head: A blow to the head which causes a rapid movement of the head on neck causes the brain to deform a bit and temporally cause the brain and brain stem to deform, causing symptoms of a concussion. Headache is caused by the temporary injury to the headache center in the brain stem. Abdominal pain and nausea results from injury to the nausea and vomiting center in the same area. ...Read more

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Can concussions cause fevers?

Can concussions cause fevers?

Central fever: Fevers can sometimes originate from the brain following things like aneurysm rupture or severe brain injury. Central fevers, however, are typically a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning more common causes need to be ruled out. A "concussion" is unlikely to cause this. ...Read more

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Can a concussion cause nightmares?

Can a concussion cause nightmares?

Possibly: When you have a brain injury, the brain tries to heal. This results in increased neural activity which may interfere with sleep (with insomnia or poor sleep) being common symptoms. Nightmares can be a product of more neural activity during sleep. ...Read more

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Could a concussion cause reading problems?

Could a concussion cause reading problems?

Yes: Causes brain injury and can be a problem w vision and even severe enough to cause senility. ...Read more

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Can a concussion cause a cataract?

Can a concussion cause a cataract?

Trauma to eye: Cataracts can be caused by direct eye trauma, steroid medications (orally or topically): these would be the key ways a concussion would cause a cataract. ...Read more

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Might concussions cause memory loss?

Might concussions cause memory loss?

Memory loss: Concussion causes 2 types of amnesia. Retrograde amnesia means a loss if information from the injury back in time. The most likely loss is recently learned info. You may get the info back. A prograde amnesia is amnesia from the injury forward in time. You are not laying down new memory traces at that time. It is unlikely you will regain memory loss from prograde amnesia. ...Read more

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Can double vision be caused by concussion?

Can double vision be caused by concussion?

Yes, did this happen: To you? You can have a concussion with or without loss of consciousness. Possible symptoms include: visual changes, headache/ pressure of head, inability to recall what happened, dizziness, decreased coordination, ringing in the ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea or vomiting & extreme fatigue. If this happened to you please seek medical care. ...Read more

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Could a concussion cause behavioral changes?

Yes it can: Concussion is brain injury. After trauma there can be alteration in awareness and responsiveness and coordination. This indicates a concussion and indicates brain injury. If the injury involves frontal lobes, there can be significant behavioral effects. ...Read more

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Which sports causes the most sports concussions?

Which sports causes the most sports concussions?

Football: Collision sport athletes are the most likely to suffer from concussions. This especially includes athletes playing football, but concussions are also quite common in hockey, soccer, men's lacrosse, boxing, mixed martial arts, etc. ...Read more

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Can a concussion cause insomnia 15 hours after occurrence?

Can a concussion cause insomnia 15 hours after occurrence?

Could be: If one has sustained a true concussion, which does indeed result in loss of consciousness, loss of memory or a combination of both, there certainly can be a post-concussional syndrome, which not only can result in sleep dysfunction, but an additional syndrome causing problems for roughly 6 weeks. Most of this can be controlled. ...Read more

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What causes daily headaches many months after a concussion?

What causes daily headaches many months after a concussion?

Brain injury: Concussions are brain injuries and headaches, even daily headaches much later than the event can be a problem for many. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a concussion causes acid reflux?

Might it be possible that a a concussion causes acid reflux?

Not related: Acid reflux is not related to concussion, but certainly 1 person can have 2 conditions that need medical attention. Please see your doctor for these concerns. ...Read more

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Can my old concussion be the main cause of back pain and nerve pains?

Can my old concussion be the main cause of back pain and nerve pains?

Generally No: While Concussions are considered a mild brain injury, they are not know to cause pain in back or in extremities. My recommendation is to see a doctor to evaluate your spine for real causes of this back and nerve pain. ...Read more

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Unequal pupils, is it caused by concussion or are they related at all?

Unequal pupils, is it caused by concussion or are they related at all?

Can be normal: About 20% of people have unequal pupils with no underlying cause. ...Read more

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What would cause slurred speech after a person substains a concussion?

Common symptom: Slurred speech is a common symptom after sustaining a concussion, along with headaches, confusion, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, etc. I do hope you have been seen for this condition to make sure everything seems to be getting better. Rest is very important, both physically and intellectually (meaning not returning to school or work for several days in most cases). ...Read more

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What happens as a result of sleep that causes the coma after a concussion?

What happens as a result of sleep that causes the coma after a concussion?

Sleep is no problem: People lose consciousness as a result of concussion. It is not the apparent sleep, but what is happening to the brain trigging loss of consciousness. The concept of keeping someone awake is to monitor the course of brain injury. If the person falls asleep they can be awakened periodically to monitor their course. If they cannot be aroused, the injury is progressing needing intervention. ...Read more

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Could a pat on my head cause a concussion if I've had repeated falls before?

Could a pat on my head cause a concussion if I've had repeated falls before?

Concussion: It depends on what you call a pat. A light tap on the head should not cause a concussion. A blow to the head or shaking of the head may. ...Read more

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Can you have blackouts of memory without? It being caused by alcohol or any concussion?

Can you have blackouts of memory without? It being caused by alcohol or any concussion?

Yes: Amnesia may be caused by seizures, tumors, psychiatric issues, stroke and by transient global amnesia - a curious phenomenon with loss of memory and repetitive questioning which usually disappears completely after a brief while. ...Read more

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Is a moderately hard blow to the head with a foam dodgeball enough to cause a concussion?

Possilby: Only worry if you are having symptoms of concussion.
How solid an object may be is not the determining factor causing a concussion, it is the angle of the blow, the rotation of the head on neck and the susceptability of the individual. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for treating severe ongoing headache caused by post concussion syndrome?

NSAIDS: I would recommend either 2-3 Advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hrs or Aleve- 2 tab initially, then 1 every 8 hrs: if not relieved- go directly to the ER-TODAY. ...Read more

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Can an accident where a car backed into another car going 5 mph and haed didn't hit anything cause a concussion?

Can an accident where a car backed into another car going 5 mph and haed didn't hit anything cause a concussion?

No: If one car is at 5 mph and the other car is at 0 mph, nobody inside the cars should be worried about a concussion. Otherwise, we humans would be getting concussions all over the place, during our everyday chores, and during all sports activities. Fortunately, we're tougher than that. ...Read more

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I bumped my head lightly as I was getting out of the backseat of my car yesterday, could that cause a concussion? I have a headache but nothing else.

Doubtful: Most concussions by definition require change in mental status, i.e. Loss of consciousness or being dazed. Persistent headaches do need to be worked up by a neurologist. ...Read more

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I received a concussion last year. I'm 16 and I think it damaged my endocrine system after reading some stuff cause I haven't grown since is it possible?

I received a concussion last year. I'm 16 and I think it damaged my endocrine system after reading some stuff cause I haven't grown since is it possible?

Wrong question: Your question should be, How can I tell if I have stopped growing? You're 16 so you should still be seeing a pediatrician. Your pediatrician will know how to tell whether you are still growing or not. There's no point sitting around and speculating in a vacuum. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more