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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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Help i woke up this morning n i can't move my neck mainly to the left. Is this whiplash?

No: Whiplash specifically refers to the soft tissue injury caused by a jerking or whipping motion of the head - most commonly caused by a car accident. So that would be nearly impossible to do to yourself in your sleep. More likely, you may have degenerative discs (discs with wear and tear) in your neck which have been aggravated. Most such cases will resolve simply with time and conservative care. ...Read more

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3 hours babysitting autistic kid. So i'm left wonderingcan headbanging lead to whiplash?

3 hours babysitting autistic kid. So i'm left wonderingcan headbanging lead to whiplash?

No: You are clearly a very concerned wonderful babysitter and i respect your question. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have whiplash?I was driving 1 week ago and my car hit a cement block.Now the left side of my neck and lower back hurts.

Is it possible that I have whiplash?I was driving 1 week ago and my car hit a cement block.Now the left side of my neck and lower back hurts.

Yes but most get : Better. Time is the biggest healer. The type of injury mechanism you described would be consistent with a soft tissue injury or whiplash. If you do not improve over several weeks or if pain worsens, see a doctor to rule out other possible diagnoses such as a disc herniation. ...Read more

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Whiplash causing numbness in neck, left arm and down through left side of back..? What to do ? I have anxiety and i'm getting really antsy.

Whiplash causing numbness in neck, left arm and down through left side of back..? What to do ? I have anxiety and i'm getting really antsy.

See an orthopedist: You should see an orthopedist to assess the full nature of your injury. You might need an MRI of the cervical spine to insure no greater damage done. ...Read more

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19days back i had whiplash injury, my neurosurgeon examined says no problem. only neck pain.NOW my head is SHAKING ABIT when turning left and right.

19days back i had whiplash injury, my neurosurgeon examined says no problem. only neck pain.NOW my head is SHAKING ABIT when turning left and right.

Muscle spasm: The good news is you didn't hurt yourself worse. You are probably having muscle spasms. Just give it time and these symptoms should improve. ...Read more

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After whiplash in 09, i started getting tinitus right away along with these brain spells. Left side of tongue goes numb and my behaviour changes 24/7 ?

After whiplash in 09, i started getting tinitus right away along with these brain spells. Left side of tongue goes numb and my behaviour changes 24/7 ?

Behavior changes: Behavior changes may be due to post-concussive syndrome, i recommend you visit with a physician and make sure to mention what type of behavior changes you have as well as your other symptoms. It might actually help to have a friend/family member with you who may be able to describe the behavior changes better than yourself. ...Read more

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I have numbness/weakness/heat in left arm and neck from whiplash. Is this temporary. It worsens with movement of those areas.

Depends: Whiplash is only a description of the injury, but it does not tell us how much, and what things are injured. If you continue to have symptoms, especially if you have had physical therapy, talk to your doctor as MRI may be needed to evaluate the nerves. ...Read more