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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

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


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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?

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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Can whiplash cause headaches years after it happened?

Can whiplash cause headaches years after it happened?

Yes: Yes. These headaches can be of soft tissue origin and occasionally post concussive 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?

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

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How do I treat whiplash?

Conservative: With Post-whiplash treatment it is crucial to start early with your care. The soft tissues of your neck require assistance to help avoid chronic problems. 1 in 4 will develop chronic pain follow a motor vehicle collision injury.

A team approach would be best seeing your chiropractor, physical therapist, and massage therapist as soon as possible to provide the best results. ...Read more

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Why do people get whiplash?

It is related to the: Design of our 12-14 pound head sitting on top of a long, flexible spine region without large enough muscles surrounding the bone structure to protect against all forces that the neck may be potentially exposed to such as in a car accident. ...Read more

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Could it be I have whiplash?

Provide more info: About symptoms so that we can try to answer your question. Please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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How to make a whiplash claim?

1st Health 2nd Legal: Get evaluated immediately to rule out life threatening conditions, fracture, dislocation, and ligamentous laxity. Many ER & Urgent Care physicians refer to multi-disciplinary practices that deal specifically with personal injuries such as whiplash. They will be able to refer you to a respectable personal injury attorney that work on a contingency (lien) basis. ...Read more

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How long does whiplash last?

No good answer: I hope your injury resolves quickly but there is no way to predict your outcome. A healthy pre-morbid condition:how fit (mentally and physically) you were prior to injury plays an important role in your recovery. The involvement of lawyers delays recovery in my area. ...Read more

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What can you do for whiplash?

What can you do for whiplash?

Usually several: Things can be done. 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. Simple applications of heat or ice, massage, avoiding prolonged positions, avoiding overhead work, avoiding repetitive push/pull or heavy lifting while using otc meds as needed can help. If symptoms persist, see your pcp. ...Read more

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How long should whiplash last?

Varies: For most people, several weeks to up to 6 months in 60% depending on the severity of the injury and whether you are a male or female as females have less protective muscle bulk in their necks. Also, there may be other structural injuries sustained that may prolong symptoms like disc or facet joint injuries. If it persists and limits you, get it evaluated. ...Read more