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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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Whiplash occurred 2weeks ago.I have ONLY neck pain as symptom. Can I expect/suspect any NEW symptoms now(after 2weeks)?I've been using rigid collar.

Whiplash occurred 2weeks ago.I have ONLY neck pain as symptom. Can I expect/suspect any NEW symptoms now(after 2weeks)?I've been using rigid collar.

Usually not: If you have not broken your neck (xray or CT was clear) , then the usual course of a neck sprain after an accident is initial pain that worsens for 1-3 days, then gradual resolution over 2-3 weeks. A neck collar worn correctly is uncomfortable, and that discomfort may worsen over time. If you have a disk problem that causes pain radiating to the arms, that appears right away, not after wks ...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 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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What are the most common symptoms of whiplash?

What are the most common symptoms of whiplash?

See below: The most common symptoms are neck pain. Other symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and tingling in the neck and upper extremities. Fortunately, most symptoms of whiplash resolve over time. A small percentage of people can have chronic symptoms. ...Read more

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What are whiplash symptoms and how do I treat them?

What are whiplash symptoms and how do I treat them?

Neck pain headache: Typical symptoms can be neck pain, neck spasm, pain or headaches up the back of your head & into the area between your shoulder blades and over your shoulders. Treatment is time, activity restriction/modifications, heat applications & otc medication as needed if no contraindications. If no better in 4-6 weeks, see your physician to make sure nothing else is involved & get more structured care. ...Read more

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I got a whiplash 2 months ago, and I still have some symptoms? Should I be all normal by now?

I got a whiplash 2 months ago, and I still have some symptoms?  Should I be all normal by now?

Usually: Usually most people are better by 2 months but a certain percentage have persistent symptoms. These are usually the people i see in consultation. A consultation with a physiatrist would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it possible to first start feeling symptoms of whiplash the day after a car accident?

Yes: I have seen patients with pain immediately, day after, even several days after a car accident. People with previous pain in the neck or back or chronic pain in these areas seem to be more vulnarable. ...Read more

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Is it possible to first start feeling symptoms of whiplash 24 hours after a car accident?

Is it possible to first start feeling symptoms of whiplash 24 hours after a car accident?

Yes: But if you apply moist heat, take Ibuprofen 200 mg even 4 hours and take it easy you should expect full recovery in a few weeks. ...Read more

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How 2 know if gradual onset of slight urinary incontinece is from car accidnt/whiplash or aging? I'm 45 yr old female symptoms began 2008, now is wors

How 2 know if gradual onset of slight urinary incontinece is from car accidnt/whiplash or aging? I'm 45 yr old female symptoms began 2008, now is wors

Here are some ...: Every life event always result from multiple factors with no exception for worsening urinary incontinence which is related with childbirth, aging, genetic factor, and lifestyle. To realize such further, please take time to peruse the articles in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter.html, http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html, & http://formefirst.com/eBlogList.html. Thereby, you'll gain useful info ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of whiplash? Should i see a doctor about it?

Whiplash: Usually complain of neck and shoulder pain and stiffness. If you are having a significant amount of pain or any neurological symptoms then you should see your doctor and based on your exam decide if you need imaging. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have back pain and stiffness when i wake up. Is this possibly whiplash and what are ways to alleviate the symptoms?

No: Whiplash syndrome usually is related to a fall or accident. It does not appear that you have any relation to those events. Nonetheless, you have signs of arthritic symptoms due to degenerative disc disease. I would see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Are nausea and vomiting seen as symptoms of whiplash?

Are nausea and vomiting seen as symptoms of whiplash?

Occasionally: I have seen this very occasionally but it is not a typical complaint of someone with whiplash. There are a few serious causes of nausea and vomiting that can occur after a whiplash accident and if you are having these symptoms you should see a doctor right away to make sure there is nothing serious going on. ...Read more

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I have; Anterior Osteophytes, felt in middle of front neck. Had a whiplash injury 14yrs ago Will it get worse? (no symptoms as such). exercises help?

I have; Anterior Osteophytes, felt in middle of front neck. Had a whiplash injury 14yrs ago Will it get worse? (no symptoms as such). exercises help?

Perhaps: nothing to do now if you have no symptoms, but arthritis always progresses over time. Bit is however unpredictable and progresses at different paces for different individuals ...Read more

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Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned. Brachial plexus triggers nerve symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned.  Brachial plexus triggers nerve  symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

Get diagnosis first: Be efficient, and get answers as to why your injury did not fully heal. Not uncommon is an injury to the brachial plexus from shoulder strap, with eventual scarring, called thoracic outlet syndrome. Therapy does help, but is a specific approach, such as felderkreis work. Both EMG and ultrasound studies could pin down precise mechanism. If you have tos, about 85% success with conservative rx. ...Read more