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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)

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

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.

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

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My neck shoulder and left arm are very sore 12 months after whiplash injury but doctors can't find the problem. What could it be very debilitating.

My neck shoulder and left arm are very sore 12 months after whiplash injury but doctors can't find the problem. What could it be very debilitating.

About 40% of: People with whiplash can have ongoing symptoms beyond 6-12 months that can be related to injuries of supporting neck structures other than discs and muscles with a high percentage due to facet joint problems. See an orthopaedic spine surgeon for evaluation including x-rays with flexion/extension, cervical MRI & possible shoulder MRI & consider facet blocks & shoulder injection to diagnose source. ...Read more

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I have three knots in a line along the left side of my neck starting behind the ear. Probably from experiencing a minor whip lash. What is wrong?

I have three knots in a line along the left side of my neck starting behind the ear. Probably from experiencing a minor whip lash. What is wrong?

See a doc: It could be from whiplash but the first thing that I think of when I hear that description is that you may have some enlarged lymph nodes in your neck. I would advise that you see your primary care doctor and have it examined. ...Read more

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Tingling left cheek, fingers and foot. Normal brain MRI & blood work. History of concussion & whip lash in past year. What should I do next?

Tingling left cheek, fingers and foot. Normal brain MRI & blood work. History of concussion & whip lash in past year. What should I do next?

Your symptoms: Are too vague and not anatomically connected. Concussion and whiplash have very little if anything to do with your complaints. If otherwise healthy, examine your social, family, work, and financial well being. Correct what needs correcting before seeking a medical diagnosis. ...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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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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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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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 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