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How can I tell if my whiplash after a car accident will get better?

How can I tell if my whiplash after a car accident will get better?

Warmth and time: A whiplash is a strain of the muscles of the neck. Like any muscle strain, it requires warm therapy(compresses), massage of the neck to relax the muscles, and time. Also, comfortable positions during sleep and avoiding strenuous activity will quicken the time to healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Motor Vehicle Accident (Definition)

Motor vehicle accident (MVA) is an event that is a common cause of injury, disability, and death, because of the high speed of impact and the large mass of the vehicles. An MVA can be automobile vs. automobile, auto vs. motorcycle, motorcycle vs. motorcycle, motor vehicle vs. bicyclist/pedestrian, or motor vehicle vs. ...Read more


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How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

Hope superficial: If merely a soft tissue problem, should respond to heat, relaxation, perhaps massage or acupuncture. Recommend an otc anti-inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. If things do not stabilize after a few days, check with doctor about more intensive evaluation. ...Read more

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How long does a chest contusion from a trampoline accident take to heal? Am i allowed to ride roller coasters? Will it affect me later on?

How long does a chest contusion from a trampoline accident take to heal? Am i allowed to ride roller coasters? Will it affect me later on?

A few weeks: Contusions are simply bruises and take a few weeks to completely go away;l however, they may simply be a symptom of an underlying rib or joint injury. If it doesn;t get better it should be checked. It it is just a bruise then no problem with coasters or the future. ...Read more

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How can I get a good looking after the accident?

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How can I get a good looking after the accident?

Primary Care: If it was severe enough, the emergency room would be prudent. Otherwise your primary care provider can evaluate your whole situation. If there is cause for concern your primary will make sure they are addressed appropriately. ...Read more

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Will have modified brosrom surgery in a few weeks. can I ride my bike with a cast? how soon after can I do that?

Will have modified brosrom surgery in a few weeks. can I ride my bike with a cast? how soon after can I do that?

Probably: You would certainly want to check with your individual surgeon; but at least theoretically your foot and ankle would be protected in a cast for riding a bike. ...Read more

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How long will I continue to have headaches after I suffered a fractured skull?

How long will I continue to have headaches after I suffered a fractured skull?

Six months: After an injury like that it is not uncommon for the headaches to go on for several months. Usually by six months most posttraumatic headaches have resolved but they can last even up to one year although that is less likely. Hang in there. They will eventually get better in most cases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if i got a lap-chole a few days ago. Can i go back to school soon?

Can you tell me what to do if i got a lap-chole a few days ago. Can i go back to school soon?

Yes: If your surgery was uncomplicated, you should be fine to go back to school whenever you feel ready. You should not do any lifting/straining for 4 weeks from the date of your surgery. After that, you should be fine to return to all normal activity. ...Read more

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I was involved in a high speed motorcycle accident 3 days ago and just want to know how long road rash will take to heal?

I was involved in a high speed motorcycle accident 3 days ago and just want to know how long road rash will take to heal?

That depends: On any underlying medical conditions, how healthy you are, how well you heal, and mostly the extent of the injury (depth), etc. Generally speaking though, within 10 days to 2 weeks, the abrasion should be healed pretty well. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an Achilles tendon injury after my motorcycle accident?

How can I tell if I have an Achilles tendon injury after my motorcycle accident?

Weak plantar flexion: When walking, the calf muscle contracts, your foot pushes down, and you are propelled forward. If your foot is forced up while the gastroc is contracting, you can tear the achilles tendon. A partial tear may be more swollen and sore than weak, while a complete tear is weak. Lie on your stomach with your knee flexed, squeeze your calf, and your foot should plantar flex if the tendon is intact. ...Read more

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How long should I give my shoulder and neck a chance to heal from a heavy object falling on it before I see a chiropractor?

How long should I give my shoulder and neck a chance to heal from a heavy object falling on it before I see a chiropractor?

Shoulder accident: Please see your doc who will check out the area you injured to see what damage may have been done. Once you know what is going on you can consider treatment options such as chiropractic, PT, surgery, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What to do if i got a concussion can I still go on roller coasters?

What to do if i got a concussion can I still go on roller coasters?

Roller coasters: If you have fully recovered from your concussion, and have been checked out by your doctor, you should be able to go on a roller coaster. Speak to your doctor about the dangers of roller coasters in general and for you. ...Read more

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How much time is required to get your memory back after you have had a bad accident and suffered a traumatic brain?

How much time is required to get your memory back after you have had a bad accident and suffered a traumatic brain?

Depends: The answer depends on where the tbi took place in your brain and if the "memory centers" were affected, etc. Hopefully you have a good team of rehab specialists that are specifically trained in tbi rehab/therapy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a concussion? I hit my head snowboarding a week ago and ended up in the er. I still feel very much not myself.

How long does it take to recover from a concussion? I hit my head snowboarding a week ago and ended up in the er.  I still feel very much not myself.

Few months: Long term effects from concussion are common often taking weeks or months to resolve. In some cases symptoms can last as long as 2 years or even be perminant for severe head injury or repetitive head injury so best to avoid activities where re-injury can occur until symptoms have resolved completely. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i suffered a concusion?

How can I tell if i suffered a concusion?

Head injury?: Symptoms of a concussion can include a headache as well as nausea or vomiting. You may feel dizzy or lose balance. You might find that bright lights make you uncomfortable. Your vision can blur or you could see bright colors. Ringing in the ears is common. You may not think as clearly as you normally do. You can have a concussion whether you lose consciousness or not. ...Read more

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What can I do to tell if I have a foot injury after having a longboarding fall?

What can I do to tell if I have a foot injury after having a longboarding fall?

See below: If you are concerned about a fracture then you will need an x-ray. An injury will be indicated by pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty standing or walking. ...Read more

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What to do if i crushed the muscles of my foot in a car accident. How long will it take to heal?

What to do if i crushed the muscles of my foot in a car accident. How long will it take to heal?

Crush injury: Most crush injuries of the foot involve significant damage to the tissues. These injuries can be very serious and often require 2-3 months for full recovery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to recover after a subacromial decompression on my shoulder?

Really depends: Many different procedures can be done to the shoulder during an arthroscopic surgery. If bone spurs removed, shoulder debrided, then pain may be minimal and pass within a few days. If cuff repaired or labrum repaired, pain can persist for a couple of months. Make sure you understand exactly what is being done during your scope. Don't compare your results with someone else's. ...Read more

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How soon can I go back to work after getting a fractured rib?

How soon can I go back to work after getting a fractured rib?

It depends: What kind of work you do and what kind of fracture rib you have , disc job you could go back in few days. If you have complicated fracture rib check with your doctor. ...Read more

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For how long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after a car accident (possible liver laceration)?

For how long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after a car accident (possible liver laceration)?

Depends on severity: Of injury, but you should wait at least until your blood tests are completely normal. Alcohol is toxic to liver cells. Ask your doctor for specific recommendation in your case. ...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