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What happens the body when whiplash goes untreated?

What happens the body when whiplash goes untreated?

The most important: factor in the recovery from a typical whiplash injury is sufficient passage of time (and avoidance of re-injury) There are things that might accelerate recovery like physiotherapy, massage, ultrasound, NSAIDS, and muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Definition)

Whiplash is a term for injuries to the neck due to sudden neck movements common in motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can cause pain or, if the spinal cord is damaged, weakness ...Read more


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What happens if whiplash is not treated?

Chronic neck pain: Acceleration/deceleration injuries, such as seen in mvas, frequently cause inflammation to the cervical facet joints (joints of neck), which is the classic "whiplash" phenomenon. Conservative care as previous mentioned should work for most, but when the pain persists, facet joint injections are extremely helpful as well as ligamentous trigger point injections into the areas of muscle spasms. ...Read more

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How long would it take for whiplash to go away?

It varies: Whiplash or cervical strain varies quite a bit in symptoms and severity. Mild cases may improve in days to weeks; others may take months. Restoring movement and neck muscle strength as soon as possible may help. If the pain is severe or you have numbness, tingling, weakness, see your primary provider or spine specialist to make sure it is not just whiplash. Also see someone if no progress. ...Read more

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Had accident: what exactly happens when I get whiplash?

Had accident: what exactly happens when I get whiplash?

Cervical sprain: Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck's normal range of motion. Whiplash happens in motor vehicle accidents, sporting activities, accidental falls, and assault. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for whiplash to go away?

Usually within weeks: Most "whiplashes" get better within several weeks. By 6 months most are better. However, in females about 40% can last longer or become chronic in nature. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I should go to school if I have whiplash?

Please tell me if I should go to school if I have whiplash?

Yes: As long as you don't have to have prolonged positions should move your neck about every 10 minutes. Should also be in physical therapy. ...Read more

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What possible issues can happen to a disk in your neck from whiplash?

What possible issues can happen to a disk in your neck from whiplash?

Most often nothing: Whiplash injuries strain the neck tissues including the disc. These strains most often improve with time. Unfortunately, the time for improvement can sometimes be months to years. The injury can hasten the degeneration of discs. Surgery is seldom a good idea for patients with whiplash injuries. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I go to for whiplash pain? My gp?

What kind of doctor should I go to for whiplash pain? My gp?

Good start: Seeing your gp would be a good place to start, but they may refer you to an ortho or neuro. Home treatment can start with rest and ice, but make sure to see a physician if pain persist. Neck pain is better addressed early, instead of later. ...Read more

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What causes whiplash?

When an external: Energy force overcomes the strength of the soft tissues of the neck or cervical spine injuring those soft tissues which can include: the muscles, ligaments, facet joint capsules and even the discs leading to pain. The typical external force is a rear end motor vehicle collision ...Read more