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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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Back pain after car accident? What should I do?

Back pain after car accident? What should I do?

Have you been: Medically evaluated? Acute injury with MVA warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Chest pain after car accident. Should I see a doctor?

Chest pain after car accident. Should I see a doctor?

Yes!: Chest pain after a car accident could represent skeletal injury (rib fractures, sternal fracture) or cardiac injury (blunt cardiac injury, myocardial ischemia). If you are having other symptoms, see your nearest emergency department. If this is isolated to just your chest and its reproducible with pushing on your sternum (i.e., breast bone), it's likely skeletal and can be managed with meds. ...Read more

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What can be done about lower back pain from car accident?

Many things at first: Initially rest, ice, stretching, yoga. If no change after several weeks see your physician for a specific diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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My 20 year old sister has severe nerve pain after car accident. Nothing works. No medication. I feel awful watching her cry every night. Any advice?

My 20 year old sister has severe nerve pain after car accident. Nothing works. No medication. I feel awful watching her cry every night. Any advice?

Nerve pain: Neurosurgeons are experts in the treatment of nerve pain. Alternatively, pain management physicians and neurologists can help your sister reduce the nerve pain. There are many excellent neurosurgeons in the phoenix area that help your sister. A neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of pain can offer additional or alternative treatments to medication. ...Read more

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Chronic neck pain after car accident- I'm only in my 20's. Should I go ahead and the radio frequency ablation? Concerned bc of my age. Thanks!

Chronic neck pain after car accident- I'm only in my 20's. Should I go ahead and the radio frequency ablation? Concerned bc of my age. Thanks!

More information: In order to provide an answer for you, more information is needed. Best to discuss these factors with your primary care Dr., neurologist or pain management specialist. ...Read more

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I was sent by Physical Therapist to have Cervical MRI for neck pain from car accident. The report included I have Mucosal Disease. What is this?

I was sent by Physical Therapist to have Cervical MRI for neck pain from car accident. The report included I have Mucosal Disease. What is this?

Sinus: MRI of your neck will show a portion the your sinuses. There is, according to what your report says, sinus disease. However, seems to be very nonspecific. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain after a car accident won't go away. Any pain meds I can take?

Tylenol (acetaminophen).: You can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) over the counter. If you need something stronger, contact your md's office. They may prescribe a prescription strength pain medication for you. ...Read more

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What should I do for back pain after a car accident?

What should I do for back pain after a car accident?

Depends: If it is 1-5 days after, and is a stiff/sore/ache pain, then tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and cold compresses to sore areas will help reduce pain. If sharp/severe or new, then should see a dr and get rechecked +/- muscle relaxant. ...Read more

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My lower back is always in terrible pain from a car accident 6 yrs ago, I'm also a cna, how can I help my back from hurting so bad?

My lower back is always in terrible pain from a car accident 6 yrs ago, I'm also a cna, how can I help my back from hurting so bad?

Be evaluated, need dx: It is important to know what your diagnosis is. Especially if the pain is still severe, you may have a cause that can be treated. Matching diagnosis to treatment is the most important step. However, after six years, it sounds like you have a chronic pain syndrome. Those are very difficult to manage. Best approach are integrated approaches with exercise, pt, etc, maybe judicious/proper use of meds. ...Read more

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Why is the first thing pain docs do is judge ppl in pain n not help but act rude happens to my mom! She's in pain after major car accident hate them?

Why is the first thing pain docs do is judge ppl in pain n not help but act rude happens to my mom! She's in pain after major car accident hate them?

Be careful not to: Over-generalize from one bad experience. Your mom needs to ask her primary care doctor for a referral to a different pain management specialist. Sometimes attorneys pressure these doctors to "spin" their records in a way that makes the doctor uncomfortable; sometimes it"s just a communication problem. If she feels her treatment was inappropriate, contact the state board of medical examiners. ...Read more

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How can I relieve shoulder and neck pain after a car accident? The doctor said nothing was damaged, but I still hurt.

2nd opinion: If you have a good amount of pain, it is not normal and I would encourage a second opinion. There are many options for treatment including medications, physical therapy, chiropractic; if you had not had an MRI, it can be very helpful to evaluate the more specific cause. ...Read more

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Hello, I have an Injury to my knee replacement. Swelling, pain instability. From car accident 2 days ago. Any thoughts on avoiding another surgery?

Hello, I have an Injury to my knee replacement. Swelling, pain instability. From car accident 2 days ago. Any thoughts on avoiding another surgery?

See your Orthopedist: Once a joint replacement is in, the bone is thin around that site. A smaller amount of trauma might crack (break) that thin bone. When you have continued pain after injury, go get more tests to see if that could have happened. The ER could do the test, but your "Bone Dr." should be consulted. ...Read more

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I was given a shot in my deltoid/shoulder for back pain. The shot was improperly administered I cannot use my shoulder now. I went to the doctor on october 30 th for back pain from a car accident that had happen in august. I was given a shot in my arm to

Many things: The deltoid is controlled by the axillary nerve. There is the small possibility that the shot was placed close enough to the axillary nerve or into the axillary nerve for it to stop working. Rare -- but can happen. I would get an EMG and ortho evaluation.

I do not think the prior comment on adhesive capsulitis is correct. It is a different mechanism of injury for that. ...Read more

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My shoulder has been in excruciating pain since the car accident I was in in 8/09.When I move my arm I can feel&hear the bones crack. Help! In pain!?

Get an Ortho eval: There are many things that can cause this. You can have issues with the tendons, cartilage, or ligaments. If your shoulder subluxated during the injury you could have a labral tear (ie cartilage tear). I would get it evaluated by an orthopedic shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in coccyx after car accident?

What can I do for this pain in coccyx after car accident?

Coccyx Pain: For coccyx pain avoid sitting on it. Buy a donut pillow which will allow you to sit without putting direct pressure on the coccyx.

It can take several weeks if not months to improve. ...Read more

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Is acupressure a good treatment for pain following a bad car accident?

Is acupressure a good treatment for pain following a bad car accident?

Acupressure: Acupuncture/acupressure is a non medication based method of treating pain that has been used for thousands of years. Many people find this treatment helpful. However, acupressure by itself is often not as effective as when combined with medication and other modalities. Many injuries can occur from a car accident and it is essential to have a comprehensive workup for any symptoms you have. ...Read more

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Could neck pain caused by a car accident cause facial pain?

Could neck pain caused by a car accident cause facial pain?

Referred pain: Yes. A whiplash injury can cause neck and shoulder girdle pain that can refer into the temple or jaw or cause headaches. It would still be wise to ensure there was no facial, dental, nerve, or jaw injury. Weakness or facial assymmetry should be checked out by a physician. ...Read more

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I have been taking a forms of pain meds since my car accident on july 19, 2007. Before the accident, I had a full set of teeth. Now, I have 3 left, why?

Many reasons: Sorry to hear about your story. There can be many causes for missing teeth. The pain medications can cause a dry mouth. Saliva is very important in neutralizing the acid created by the bacteria on your teeth. Furthermore, how often did you visit a dentist and was the treatment that was recommended by the dentist completed? Consider dental implants to have a full set a teeth again. ...Read more

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T3 (liothyronine) T4 pain 3 months after car accident. Should I see an acupuncturist?

Acupuncture: If you have serious injuries from a car accident - would recommend evaluation by a conventional medical provider. Many types of injuries from a MVA may respond well to acupuncture. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain for 4mos after car accident. Ortho says it's rotatorcuf tendinitis&bursitis but chiro. Says it might be something more. Wht cud it be?

?? confused: I'm confused. You say Ortho told you what it was? But you're asking what it could be??? Why don't you believe him/her? Is it not responding to the recommended treatment? If not, maybe see another Ortho for a second opinion. (chiros aren't real doctors) If they both agree you are probably in good hands. ...Read more

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Which is better for neck pain relief after a car accident - naproxen or hydrocodone?

Which is better for neck pain relief after a car accident - naproxen or hydrocodone?

Both can help: These medications are in 2 different classes. Naproxen is an NSAID and hydrocodone is an opioid and probably also has tylenol. If you don't have major kidney disease or stomach ulcers, Naproxen should be the safer of the 2. If inadequate, hydrocodone can be added until no longer needed. Use all meds as directed and carefully note all sources of acetaminophen/tylenol-3000mg/day max! ...Read more

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30 year old male. Chills, headache, back pain body soreness. Had car accident 8yrs ago hurting in knee and arm where it got injured. What could it be?

30 year old male. Chills, headache, back pain body soreness. Had car accident 8yrs ago hurting in knee and arm where it got injured. What could it be?

Virus?: A common virus, like the ones that cause colds, could cause muscle soreness, headaches and chills. This is the most likely explanation. The car accident several years ago is probably not related.

Were you exposed to anyone who was ill lately? ...Read more

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What is possible pars defect in your back? And my c1 is unfused, the ER doctor said I may have been born like that.... Since I went for neck pain due to a car accident, I have since retrieved my medical records from an accident I was in, in 1998, and I fou

What is possible pars defect in your back? And my c1 is unfused, the ER doctor said I may have been born like that.... Since I went for neck pain due to a car accident, I have since retrieved my medical records from an accident I was in, in 1998, and I fou

Spondylolysis: There is a bony structure in the back called the pars interarticularis. It is a bridge of bone between the articular processes that make up the facet joints. The bridges of bone are put under a lot of stress with rotation or extension activities of the back. When the stress becomes too great, a fracture can occur. This is called a pars defect and is also known as a spondylolysis. Thank you. ...Read more

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I am 32 weeks pregnant and am having horrible sciataca and back pain from a car accident a few years ago. I took a 30mg oxycontin that I still had from an old prescription. I'm wondering if this will effect my baby or any drug test that may be administere

Yes, it will: Pregnancy causes many changes in the body and can both be a source of new back pain and aggravate existing back pain. Opiate pain medication will pass directly into your baby's blood, and regular use in pregnancy can actually cause addiction and a withdrawal syndrome in the child, so opiates are not a preferred pain med in pregnancy. Your obstetrician or primary doc has other ways to help. ...Read more

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Major back pain caused by horrible car accident, 32 weeks pregnant, is there anything I can do? Pain is unbearable at times.

PMR: I would recommend conservative care initially, either a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor (pm;r) who can do gentle strretching and adjustments such as sacroiliac joint mobilization. Aquatic therapy /decompression may also help. If the pain radiates down the leg, you may need to see a pain mangement specialist, who can perform an injection without xray if a herniated disc is suspected. ...Read more

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