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Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
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What happens the body when whiplash goes untreated?

Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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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. Daniel Lebowitz
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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


Dr. Martin Tamler
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
28 years in practice
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Can whiplash cause extreme headaches seizures and back pain. It was unnoticed and untreated by icu.

Dr. Martin Tamler
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Can whiplash cause extreme headaches seizures and back pain. It was unnoticed and untreated by icu.

Whiplash: Headaches can be caused by whiplash, but seizures and back pain are unrelated to whiplash. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Board Certified, Pain Management
30 years in practice
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What happens if whiplash is not treated?

Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Board Certified, Pain Management
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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Had accident: what exactly happens when I get whiplash?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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How long is it supposed to it take for whiplash to go away?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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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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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long would it take for whiplash to go away?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
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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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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
21 years in practice
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What possible issues can happen to a disk in your neck from whiplash?

Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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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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Dr. Gray Barrow
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Please tell me if I should go to school if I have whiplash?

Dr. Gray Barrow
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Can whiplash cause headaches years after it happened?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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My boyfriend has whiplash. He has had it going on three months now. He is now seeing a bunch of "floaters". What could be wrong and what should he do?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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My boyfriend has whiplash. He has had it going on three months now. He is now seeing a bunch of "floaters".  What could be wrong and what should he do?

Concerning: The visual floaters may be relatively benign or could be associated with vitreous or even retinal detachment, although with the latter would expect flashes of light or sparkles. Strongly urge visit to ophthalmologist asap, as there could well be risk here of further visual problems. ...Read more

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