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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Post concussion syndrome possible brain stem contussion + whiplash injury. Details in my symptoms section. Looking for additional treatment options.

Post concussion syndrome possible brain stem contussion + whiplash injury. Details in my symptoms section. Looking for additional treatment options.

Give it time: Since you didn't give an etiology (ie car accident or fall, etc) it's difficult to say. If this is a simple grade 1 concussion, then give it time. It may take a few months for your head to clear. No specific therapy is indicated. No chiropractic for a while though. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting a concussion while in a car and driver hits another car.but going slow,no more than 15 miles/h. didnt hit my head?

Concussion : If you didn't hit your head then you didn't suffer a concussion. A concussion will leave a person with headaches that worsen with exertion. There is often nausea, dizziness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and poor memory for learning new information. Rest is prescribed until the headaches resolve. ...Read more

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What's a double concussion?

Very dangerous: There's a syndrome called "second impact syndrome" which can occur as someone has a second concussion while recovering from their first concussion. The resultant injury to the brain can cause malignant cerebral edema (swelling) and this can be fatal- mortality is 50-100%. ...Read more

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What exactly is a concussion?

What exactly is a concussion?

Poorly Understood: We are getting better at understanding it. It is a generalized. ...Read more

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How many concussions is too many?

Depends on severity: Ideally, we would prefer that patients don't have any concussions. However, these do happen. The concern with multiple concussions is their cumulative effect. If the concussions occur within a short period of time serious brain injury can occur. The entity of "dementia pugilistica" occurs in boxers who suffer many concussions in a short period of time. ...Read more

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I had a concussion and need help?

See your doctor: I recommend you see your regular doctor, a sports medicine doctor, or neurologist. If your symptoms are bad, worst headache of your life, slurred speech, double vision, nausea, vomiting, then go to the ER. You need to be further evaluated. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a concussion?

What are symptoms of a concussion?

CONCUSSION: To concus means 'to shake violently'; which is what happens to the brain when the head or trunk is violently impacted. This violent event causes brain injury at the cellular level, which is why symptoms and recovery are vary from person to person. The key to recovery is close follow up with a provider knowledgeable in the concussion who'll monitor symptoms & neurocognitive test results. ...Read more

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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