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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Whiplash (Definition)

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 ...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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