ouchMemberMay 15, 2011 at 5:57 amPost count: 7
Dear Dr Corenman,
Thanks for your educational videos.
I was in an accident where my car was T-boned. Fortunately, the other car hit in front of the passenger area. However, the car hit my left shoulder, arm and side of my head at high speed. I was taken to emergency, where a CT scan was taken.
Then about a month later another car hit me at low speed. I have many issues and have since had an MRI of my cervical spine and right hip. I have a torn right labrum in my hip and severe arthritis in my cervical spine with straightening of the cervical spine. I suffer from pain along my entire spine as well.
Since my cortisone shot in my right hip(two months ago), pain is concentrated in my mid-back and cervical spine with severe headaches.
Also, for about the last two months, I have experienced ringing in my ears. The accidents were about a year ago.
However, sometimes I wake up and my right side of my body is burning, form head to toe…including my right arm, neck, head and face. Eventually it recedes, but it scares me. I am doing PT, but think there are more problems than I know so far.
Do you see any abnormalities? Do you see anything that is note worthy? Do you see anything I should worry about?
Thanks for your assistanceDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMay 15, 2011 at 10:35 amPost count: 8614
The initial impact or the first accident would have pushed you towards the passenger side. The rebound sounds like you suffered a secondary impact against the window and door. The second impact might have aggravated the previous injury.
The hip labrum tear is not my speciality. The neck most likely had preexisting degenerative changes that were aggravated by the first accident. Suffering from pain along the entire spine can have many sources. You could have injured multiple areas of the spine, developed somatization syndrome or have pain generated from the neck that refers down the spine.
I appreciate you sending an AP x-ray of the spine but that by itself won’t reveal the source of problems. DIagnosis needs to be made with a good history and physical examination, evaluation of x-rays and MRI or CT myelogram and possibly other specialized tests.
I do think you need to see a spine specialist to sort out your problems.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.ouchMemberMay 15, 2011 at 1:07 pmPost count: 7
Forgive me, my initial message is unclear. I was hit on the driver side but in front of the car’s seated area. I was basically sitting still when a car hit me going about 40 mph or more. The physics of the situation actually mean that the driver side window hit me because I was inert. The car was pushed and I stayed still. So the initial hit was to my head, using Newton’s laws of physics.
I think, that is what you meant also, but I wrote it badly…sorry.
I would show you additional pictures, but I am unable to upload them for some reason…at least, more than one. I probably do feel emotional about things but I am experiencing real pain, and possibly as you wrote, referral pain. I realize that pain can fool your brain, but it does feel bad.
Thanks for giving me your point of view. I appreciate your time. If you have any further comments I would be glad for those as well.ouchMemberMay 15, 2011 at 1:45 pmPost count: 7
Initial picture of my neck that was quite swollen.
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