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Sore After 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
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
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
Like working out: It is similar to when you work out. You do not feel it until the next day. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I was in a car accident yesterday after I went to the hospital and was examined. Today, my shoulders and arms are sore. Is this normal?
Yes.: After all the excitement wears off, the pain creeps in. ...Read more
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
Do childhood injuries cause soreness or pain now? So i was in a car accident in the 1st grade and broke my leg, my femur to be exact. And it was broken in half and the surgeons had to put the bone so that they overlap each other(not connecting the broken
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?
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
Hurt knee in a car accident a few days ago.It is swollen, bruised, tender/sore, ER dr. Said some fluid.Put it in immobilizer.Should i see ortho? Get mri?
Good idea: With your description it would be a good idea to see an orthopaedist. ...Read more
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
I was in a car accident yesterday afternoon, and my head has been aching since last night. Could this be from the accident?
Yes: Sure it could be specially if you hit your head. ...Read more
5d hx of moderate constant luq pain, worse if lying flat or move around, tender to touch, started 4d after a car accident. Took Prevacid for 4d w/ no relief. Can't see PCP in next 5 days. Urgent care can't order imaging. Should I go to ER for this?
It would be: appropriate to go to an ER for evaluation of this persistent LUQ pain. ...Read more
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
Was in car accident today, injured my knee. It's not broken. It's swollen, bruised, very tender, hurts pretty bad. What could be wrong?
Knee pain: Consider bone contusion, effusion, meniscal tear, chondral injury as most likely. ...Read more
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
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
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
I was in a car accident in 2004 and had severe wiplash and 2 pretruding disks.Still having back problems. My legs ache and back hurts and stiff?
See your doctor: If your symptoms have been this intense for this long, you need to have your doctor examine you in person. ...Read more
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
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
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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