Possible Whiplash

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  • DMelo
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    Hello,
    Last Sunday my husband was backing up, I turned my head the right to look back and my husband slammed on the brakes to avoid a car. I right away felt pain in my left side of my neck and we went home and I iced it and rested. I woke up Monday and my left side of my neck was feeling a little better but now my right side of my neck was hurting really bad as well as my mid back. I kept icing and rested. Tuesday my left side of my neck was hurting again and the base of my skull was hurting a tad. Today my left side of my neck is fine and my right side of my neck is hurting again as well as the middle of the shoulder blades. I also noticed today when I turn my head to look to the side there is a faint clicking noise. I have a 11 month old daughter and I’m really considered what is going on. Unfortunately where I live there really isn’t any body that specialize in the neck/spine. If you can give me any insite of what you may think is going on, I would really appreciate it.

    Dr. Corenman
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    With your head in right rotation and an quick stop, this is a lateral flexion/extension injury. Whiplash tends to be a nice evocative term but does not help to determine the injury. With rotation and impact extension, this position and action overloads the facets on the right which could lead to capsule tears and cartilage injury. The clicking noise could indicate some cartilage damage. There are three paths you can take. One is simply to wait and take NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Motrin or Aleve). The second is to find a good chiropractor who does gentile soft tissue manipulation. The third is to engage a physical therapist for treatment. I might advise a simple set of X-rays to make sure there are no instability issues.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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.
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    DMelo
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    Thank you Dr for you reply. Is there a possibility that I could have damaged my upper ligaments to cause the clicking noise? My neck has felt better the last two days but the clicking noise is still there a long with a burning feeling at the base of my skull.

    DMelo
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    Thank you Dr for your reply. Is there a possibility that I could have damaged my upper ligaments to cause the clicking noise? My neck has felt better the last two days but the clicking noise is still there a long with a burning feeling at the base of my skull.

    Dr. Corenman
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    Clicking can be related to surface injury of the facets. It is difficult to determine which one. Upper neck pain can originate from C2-5 facets (as well as discs and even nerve compression). I think the best advise at this time is to be patient as you are improving.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

    DMelo
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    Hi Dr. I am still having intense burning at the middle of the base of my head. I have noticed that the burning gets worse when I turn my head to look to the side. Should I be considered about this? I went to my primary and they didn’t seem concerned and didn’t want to refer me for an X-ray. I am considering about getting a DMX X-ray but am not sure if I am just over exaggerating.

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