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Can you damage your shoulder from whiplash and not feel it right away?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly, yes

The most common shoulder pains associated with whiplash are actually referred pain caused by inflammation or compression in the cervical spine around the nerves that innervate the shoulder region; it is also possible that the shoulder was injured independently at te time of the accident and the whiplash was a distracting injury.
You should seek evaluation by a physician if your symptoms continue.

In brief: Possibly, yes

The most common shoulder pains associated with whiplash are actually referred pain caused by inflammation or compression in the cervical spine around the nerves that innervate the shoulder region; it is also possible that the shoulder was injured independently at te time of the accident and the whiplash was a distracting injury.
You should seek evaluation by a physician if your symptoms continue.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Days

Any injury from a motor vehicle accident, including whiplash, would present itself within days or a week.
It would be unlikely that months or years later you develop a condition that was caused by whiplash.

In brief: Days

Any injury from a motor vehicle accident, including whiplash, would present itself within days or a week.
It would be unlikely that months or years later you develop a condition that was caused by whiplash.
Dr. Steven Arbit
Dr. Steven Arbit
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