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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Overview)

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 joints in the neck.


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How long does whiplash last ?

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

Dr. Thomas Dowling
229 doctors shared insights

Whiplash (Overview)

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 joints in the neck.


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What are the symptoms of whiplash?

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Pain in the neck: Whiplash generally include some degree of neck pain and muscle stiffness. Depending on the severity of the injury, signs and symptoms may also include: tenderness along the back of the neck and shoulders neck swelling muscle spasms in the posterior cervical spine (back of the neck), anterior cervical spine or in the trapezius muscles difficulty flexing, extending, or rotating the head ...Read more

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Sternum injury two years ago and now finally a diagnosis! whiplash that never got better. Sternomandibular joint disfunction...How do I get better?

Sternum injury two years ago and now finally a diagnosis!  whiplash that never got better.  Sternomandibular joint disfunction...How do I get better?

Exercise, ice, heat: Gentle range of motion, stretching and walking or any low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Ice for about 45 minutes will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. See dr. If persist. ...Read more

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Possible whiplash from motor vehicle accident. What doctor can diagnose?

Possible whiplash from motor vehicle accident. What doctor can diagnose?

See below: Your primary care doctor can diagnose this condition. Alternatively, the specialists that deal with this most often are physiatrists who are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get minor whiplash from injuries other than car accidents?

Is it possible to get minor whiplash from injuries other than car accidents?

Sure: Anything that causes the neck to hyperextend backward can cause whiplash symptoms. Falls, amusement park rides, sports like football are some of the other causes. ...Read more

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What are the tests for whiplash?

What are the tests for whiplash?

X-ray and Possible: Mri, if the doctor think you need it. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have whiplash?

Neck pain after....: You would experience some type of neck pain after an injury that resulted in your neck being forced into extension and flexion suddenly. ...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

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What actually does the term whiplash mean?

What actually does  the term whiplash mean?

Sprain/strain: Whiplash is a non medical terminology. It represents an acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck. Commonly referred to as neck sprain/strain. But with acceleration/deceleration injuries fractures and fracture dislocatio, subluxation of facets may occur, representing more serious injuries. Following these type of accidents you should be fully evaluated by a physician. ...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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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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What is the best treatment for whiplash?

What is the best treatment for  whiplash?

Most are self limit: Most just get better with time, activity modification and heat or hot showers combined with light exercise and cardiovascular exercise. Otc medication can help. If no improvement or worsening of your symptoms. Get evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for whiplash ? I was in a minor collision today and I have neck pain now. It was a small collision. Min.Length of injury time

What are the treatments for whiplash ? I was in a minor collision today and I have neck pain now.  It was a small collision. Min.Length of injury time

See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more

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How do I cure painful upper neck whiplash?

How do I cure painful upper neck whiplash?

Assuming that: You do not have injury to cervical disc, or thoracic outlet syndrome, or spinal cord damage, you could visit an osteopathic physician, physical therapist, massage therapist, or acupuncturist, or perhaps all of these, and get rehabilitated. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my whiplash?

How do I get rid of my whiplash?

Time: Time, therapy, avoiding neck strain (maybe short term with c-collar), pain meds and muscle relaxers. ...Read more

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What increases risk for whiplash?

What increases risk for whiplash?

1. being the driver: 1. Riding a motor vehicle as a driver (drivers are more predisposed to have whip. 2. Not using head protector (head "rest")3. Sudden stops increase the risk of being hit from behind.4.Being female. From medical point of view:1. Subjacent musculoskeltal problem producing failure of reflex contraction of muscles (rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis, myopathy, neurodegenerative diseases, etc. ...Read more

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If you saw a car coming behind you fast and about to rear end you, can you do anything to prevent whiplash? Turn entire body to one side?

If you saw a car coming behind you fast and about to rear end you, can you do anything to prevent whiplash? Turn entire body to one side?

If the impact: is inevitable simply knowing that will allow you to brace yourself for the impact. turning sideways is not recommended because safety devices in cars are not designed for that position and could cause more serious injury ...Read more

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I have a whiplash injury to my neck & shoulder from an accident 2.5 weeks ago, i forgot to ask my physio if I should attend gym & what I should avoid?

I have a whiplash injury to my neck & shoulder from an accident 2.5 weeks ago, i forgot to ask my physio if I should attend gym & what I should avoid?

Heavy lifting: You can start gentle exercises hot showers swimming but avoid heavy lifting overhead work and prolonged driving more that 1 hour at a time. As you start improving over the nest 3-4 weeks then you should gradually resume your normal work out. Good luck. ...Read more