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My neck shoulder and left arm are very sore 12 months after whiplash injury but doctors can't find the problem. What could it be very debilitating.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: About 40% of

People with whiplash can have ongoing symptoms beyond 6-12 months that can be related to injuries of supporting neck structures other than discs and muscles with a high percentage due to facet joint problems.
See an orthopaedic spine surgeon for evaluation including x-rays with flexion/extension, cervical MRI & possible shoulder MRI & consider facet blocks & shoulder injection to diagnose source.

In brief: About 40% of

People with whiplash can have ongoing symptoms beyond 6-12 months that can be related to injuries of supporting neck structures other than discs and muscles with a high percentage due to facet joint problems.
See an orthopaedic spine surgeon for evaluation including x-rays with flexion/extension, cervical MRI & possible shoulder MRI & consider facet blocks & shoulder injection to diagnose source.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Michele Arnold
"Myofascial pain" in the neck and shoulders is one of the most common things I see in patients after whiplash. Check it out online before you see your physician.

In brief: Perhaps there is

An answer. Assuming that there is no disc or nerve compression problem in the neck, and no clearcut bone injury on imaging, might wonder about nerve injuries.
Many pts like you have brachial plexus stretch trauma, and you may well possess thoracic outlet syndrome. An EMG test of the plexus can reveal answers. Techniques are described in rutherford's textbook of vasc surgery.

In brief: Perhaps there is

An answer. Assuming that there is no disc or nerve compression problem in the neck, and no clearcut bone injury on imaging, might wonder about nerve injuries.
Many pts like you have brachial plexus stretch trauma, and you may well possess thoracic outlet syndrome. An EMG test of the plexus can reveal answers. Techniques are described in rutherford's textbook of vasc surgery.
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