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What causes whiplash?

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

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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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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Why do people get whiplash?

Why do people get whiplash?

It is related to the: Design of our 12-14 pound head sitting on top of a long, flexible spine region without large enough muscles surrounding the bone structure to protect against all forces that the neck may be potentially exposed to such as in a car accident. ...Read more

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Could it be I have whiplash?

Provide more info: About symptoms so that we can try to answer your question. Please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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How to make a whiplash claim?

1st Health 2nd Legal: Get evaluated immediately to rule out life threatening conditions, fracture, dislocation, and ligamentous laxity. Many ER & Urgent Care physicians refer to multi-disciplinary practices that deal specifically with personal injuries such as whiplash. They will be able to refer you to a respectable personal injury attorney that work on a contingency (lien) basis. ...Read more

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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

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What can you do for whiplash?

What can you do for whiplash?

Usually several: Things can be done. 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. Simple applications of heat or ice, massage, avoiding prolonged positions, avoiding overhead work, avoiding repetitive push/pull or heavy lifting while using otc meds as needed can help. If symptoms persist, see your pcp. ...Read more

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How long should whiplash last?

How long should whiplash last?

Varies: For most people, several weeks to up to 6 months in 60% depending on the severity of the injury and whether you are a male or female as females have less protective muscle bulk in their necks. Also, there may be other structural injuries sustained that may prolong symptoms like disc or facet joint injuries. If it persists and limits you, get it evaluated. ...Read more

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What treats with whiplash pain?

Whiplash: Whiplash is usually a muscle strain involving the mulches which support the neck and low back. Treatment is a combination of things, heat, ice modalities like muscle stim, tens units, if units, ultrasound, gentle stretching, massage, traction, isometric strengthening, adjustments, acupuncture, Oral meds like NSAIDs, mild muscle relaxants. ...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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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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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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What do you recommend for whiplash?

Physical therapy: I suppose after a trauma, you get pain and difficulty moving your neck---can only be whiplash after evaluation for other things--see the doctor. ...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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Can you get whiplash from rearending?

Yes: The typically mechanism of the whiplash syndrome to the neck is that of a rear end car accident when the driver of the car that is hit has the neck jerked backward and forward which can cause various injuries to the soft tissue of the neck. Most people do well and recover without permanent damage. A small percentage of people do have chronic problems though. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bad whiplash?

What are the symptoms of bad whiplash?

Let me tell you: Neck and shoulder pain, pins and needles in your arms and hands are classic symptoms of a whiplash injury, headaches can be symptoms of a whiplash injury. ...Read more

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Can I die from whiplash if I ignore it?

Likely not-ck w/ MD: Cervical whiplash injuries can cause a collection of symptoms following an acceleration/deceleration injury typically from motor vehicle accidents. Can affect the discs/muscles/intervertebral joints/nerves/ligaments. Symptoms are variable; can include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, tingling, sleep disturbance & other. See md for eval/xrays, especially if had head injury as well. Don't ignore. ...Read more

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How long does it take whiplash to heal?

Varies: Pain/stiffness can last several days to several months. If pain is severe or pain/stiffness doesn't get better past 5-6 months then you need additional evaluation. ...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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After whiplash, what do you do about it?

Treat it the right: Way, by visiting your doctor he will help with the treatmnet and follow up. ...Read more

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Can a whiplash cause pain20 years later?

Not directly.: I am assuming you are referring to neck pain. Whiplash injury is a very common cause of neck pain. However, the simple act of living is traumatic to your neck and degeneration of the spine which can cause pain occurs with passage of time. Therefore, the whiplash injury that you had 20 years ago can contribute to your current pain but all the aging you had in between probably contributes much more ...Read more

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How long can car whiplash pain last for?

How long can car whiplash pain last for?

Whiplash: Whiplash pain can last for quite a while---sometimes months. If it is not improving after about 2-3 weeks, seek physician's help because you may have done damage to your cervical spine. ...Read more

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Car hit mine yesterday, do I have whiplash?

Car hit mine yesterday, do I have whiplash?

Cannot answer: Not everyone who is involved in a motor vehicle accident gets whiplash which is an injury to the neck. In fact most people do just fine. If you are having pain symptoms after a car accident that do not go away or are severe you should see a doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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What are the prolonged effects of whiplash?

What are the prolonged effects of whiplash?

Chronic Pain Arthrit: Anyone involved in a motor vehicle collision should be evaluated for whiplash. Even 5mph accidents are enough to cause challenges. 1 in 4 people end up with chronic pain due to whiplash and cervical spine injuries. Arthritis (degenerative disc disease) may results. It would be wise to seek evaluation and treatment, including chiropractic and rehab. ...Read more

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Can whiplash pain affect me when I'm older?

Possibly: A portion of the population with severe whiplash can develop chronic neck pain. This would then require a work up. ...Read more

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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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When can whiplash show up after an accident?

When can whiplash show up after an accident?

Immediately to: Several days later. This is a soft tissue injury to the neck. It is primarily muscular in nature. Sometimes, neck pain can originate from a more severe degree even several weeks later when a disc can be injured initially, and then herniates over a subsequent period of time someimes just beginning as a stiffness after an accident. ...Read more