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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Definition)

Whiplash is a term for injuries to the neck due to sudden neck movements common in motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can cause pain or, if the spinal cord is damaged, weakness ...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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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 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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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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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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Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

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