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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Overview)

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 or lack of sensation.


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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
226 doctors shared insights

Whiplash (Overview)

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 or lack of sensation.


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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