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What suggestions can you give to keep from being sore after a car accident?

What suggestions can you give to keep from being sore after a car accident?

Stay active: Car accidents vary greatly in severity, so there is no way to totally prevent soreness in every person. If you are having severe pain and it was a major accident go to the er. If not or you were already checked in the er, try to resume regular activity as much as possible. Gentle stretching and low impact aerobic exercise like walking and swimming can help you recover. See your primary if problem. ...Read more

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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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Why am I still so sore 2 weeks after a car accident?

You were in a mva: The human body does not like car accidents. The muscles are sore, the skin is bruised. You should start feeling better day by day week by week. If not make an appt with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why am I more sore 2 days after my car accident than I was on the day of the accident?

Why am I more sore 2 days after my car accident than I was on the day of the accident?

Like working out: It is similar to when you work out. You do not feel it until the next day. ...Read more

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Why is my neck and chest sore one day after a car accident?

Why is my neck and chest sore one day after a car accident?

See a physician: Most neck injuries in automobile accidents are a result of sudden deceleration of the vehicle resulting in what is commonly referred to as "whiplash"- at minimum, this represents a sprain or strain but could be more serious (i.e. A herniated disc or fracture). Your chest may be sore due to deceleration against the seat belt restraint which can bruise the chest wall or possibly fracture a rib. ...Read more

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How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

Ouch: This is variable - could be several days for some or several weeks for others. It depends on the force and your body's muscle mass/tone. The bigger issue is if you have trouble breathing or sharp chest pains, this could indicate internal injury. If so, would talk to your doc about getting a chest x-ray tomorrow am or go to an er. Otherwise, anti inflammatories like Ibuprofen will help muscle pain. ...Read more

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After a car accident can your wrist start hrting. It has been abt 8 weeks and my right wrist is still sore and getting worse. No strength in it?

After a car accident can your wrist start hrting. It has been abt 8 weeks and my right wrist is still sore and getting worse. No strength in it?

Undiagnosed injury: It is not uncommon to have injuries to the wrist go undiagnosed after a car accident, especially if there were other injuries involved. If there is still significant pain after 8 weeks, you should probably be examined by a specialist to rule out a significant latent injury. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident yesterday and am not very sore. I called my pcp and they told me to go to the er. Is this necessary?

I was in a car accident yesterday and am not very sore.  I called my pcp and they told me to go to the er. Is this necessary?

May need tests done: It is often best to get evaluated as soon as possible after an accident so that medical documentation will be complete in case further issues crop up later.
The doctors may want to perform certain tests that are not available in the pcp's office, and for insurance reasons, it is a good idea. ...Read more

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I was in a minor car accident a week ago ? Since then I am not feeling well, nothing in parti cular just feeling very tired , sore, and flu symptoms

I was in a minor car accident a week ago ? Since then I am not feeling well, nothing in parti cular just  feeling very tired , sore, and flu symptoms

Common: Even minor accidents are hard on the body. These symptoms may last for another week. Although you did not have any specific injury your body still gets knocked around and your body has to repair this. ...Read more

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I tore my ACL and it was reconstructed 2 years ago. I was in a car accident yesterday--rear-ended another. Felt fine, but now knee sore. Chances torn?

Low: The historical chance of re tearing an ACL after reconstruction is from 3-10%. The accident that you described would most likely cause a bone bruise or possibly a PCL tear ...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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Rear ended neck and lower back bruised and swollen i was rear ended in a car accident my neck is sore and bruised and swollen, my lower back all the way down to the top of my butt given pain pills muscle relaxers. And was told I should not go to a chiropr

Why?: Ok let's back up (no pun intended). Where did you get the pain pills? Who told you not to see a chiropractor? Listen to your doctors and go where they tell you. If you do not agree, get a second or a third opinion. Obviously you came to this forum for a different thought. All doctors have information to offer. Use your best judgement. ...Read more

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Was in a tbone car accident yest an hit a tree also having trouble breathing thru nose mouth is ok. Is it from sore chest muscles?

Trouble breathing: Not if breathing through the mouth is okay. If you're having trouble breathing through the nose it could be occluded from blood, swelling or passageway damage such as a fracture. This needs to be evaluated either by your physician or in the emergency room. ...Read more

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Got in a car accident a few days ago and my upper left back and left arm are aching with a stinging pain my neck&chin hurts and I feel like puking?

Get checked out: Without knowing where you were in the car and without information about the circumstances of the accident, it is difficult to form a differential diagnosis. I'd worry about fractures of the left shoulder and/or scapula. You should see your doctor and you may need radiological evaluation. ...Read more

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Dull ache in the front of my right thigh? I did get in a car accident a week ago, but nothing hurt the day of.

Could be anything.: Thigh pain can be form a quad strain, or can be referred pain, meaning that somewhere else is actually causing pain. Injuries to the hip joint can cause thigh pain, as can referred pain from the lumbar spine. Probably best to get it checked out if it keeps up. ...Read more

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Back is really painful since car accident - over a year ago. Constant ache&in a lot of pain having to use a hot water bottle. What could it be?

Back is really painful since car accident - over a year ago. Constant ache&in a lot of pain having to use a hot water bottle. What could it be?

You need a diagnosis: If you continue to have a "lot of pain" a year after the accident, you need to see your dr about this and have an MRI of your back to see why it is hurting. From there, you may need to see a physical therapist or a neurosurgeon, depending on what the MRI shows. It is my opinion that you should not see a chiropractor about this, unless you know with certainty what the underlying problem is. ...Read more

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Got in a car accident a few days ago and my upper left back and left arm are killing me. They ache and there is a painful stinging feeling in my back?

Neck injury?: This could be a neck injury with pain and stinging from irritated nerves near where they exit from the neck. You should seek medical attention now. ...Read more

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I have bumps/swelling all across my scalp from a car accident 4months ago. These have moved around my scalp and really ache. But my gp says its normal?

I have bumps/swelling all across my scalp from a car accident 4months ago. These have moved around my scalp and really ache. But my gp says its normal?

Not 'normal', common: Sometimes after trauma to the scalp, you can get pockets of blood that collect under the skin of the scalp, called hemotomas.These can calcify as the body slowly absorbs.There are more nerves in the scalp which can be stretched beyond their normal position, causing them to fire.This causes pain, especially with the high amount of friction that the scalp endures.This can take several months to resolve. ...Read more

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Got into a car accident on tuesday but was not hurt. Been having a cramping/dull ache in my left forearm. Had EKG a few weeks ago came back good.

Got into a car accident on tuesday but was not hurt.  Been having a cramping/dull ache in my left forearm.  Had EKG a few weeks ago came back good.

Likely a contusion: You may have injured the forearm without realizing it. If it is bothersome would have it checked out. Make sure there is not a minor fracture. ...Read more

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I am 20 and my pulse is 89, i gao into a car accident 2 days ago.. I hit my head really hard and i n now I have really bad head ache, blurry vision, i feel very weak n really depress is this normal?Or what shoul i do? Also i feel my eyes very heavy n the

I am 20 and my pulse is 89, i gao into a car accident 2 days ago.. I hit my head really hard and i n now I have really bad head ache, blurry vision, i feel very weak n really depress is this normal?Or what shoul i do? Also i feel my eyes very heavy n the

Get medical care: Blurry vision continuing for two days after head injury is concerning. The other symptoms are also concerning. You should seek medical care, especially if you have not been examined yet. Consider going to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Haven't been feeling well, since a car accident, should I see a doctor?

Depends: How long ago you were in the accident if it is a day or so, it is normal to feel like you have been beat up and pounded, but this should improve. If it is more than a week or so i would see a doc just to be sure. ...Read more

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

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