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Recovery Time - whiplash

driftwooddriftwood Posts: 81
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:45 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hey Everyone - Another post - same issues.

I am curious if anyone of you have had whiplash and how long it takes to heal?

In short - I pulled my trap and neck working out.

My symptoms:

1.) Neck and back spasms - won't go away and won't stop.
2.) Lower back pain. (burning, vice like)
3.) Neck pain. (stiffness, heavy, pain in what seems to be ligaments. And some days its on the sides, then front, then back)
4.) Mid back pain. (vice like pain.)
5.) Weakness.


I am seeing a PT after seeing various types. What I do not understand is that after 9weeks I am still hurting and getting new symptoms all over. It could be any one of the 4 symptoms on any day and they alternate. The pt says its whiplash adn fibromyalgia. SO basically it is all related to my neck. HE also mentioned that the situation is like a paper cut, where it is really easy to aggrevate again.

Has anyone had something similar like this where it just lingers and lingers. ie. I just feel like I should be further along but perhaps not. Is this normal for whiplash?

From all the research I have done it seems like anyhere from 6weeks to 6months. They are days where I just feel completely blasted. And days where I feel ok.
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  • I had whiplash 20 years ago and it lasted for me 9 months. Then I woke up one day and it was gone. I don't know if it took longer than average because I have reversed curve in my neck and minor disc problems? Anyways I took a muscle relaxant to help. That's my experience though.
    I hope yours heals soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • rearended by a huge pickup truck at a high rate of speed while I was stopped at a light. After 6 years I am not any better and suffer every day. I'm not a typical case though, only 10% supposedly suffer permanent injuries....lucky me. I have tried pretty much everything under the sun to get better, but have come to accept that I probably won't unless a miracle happens. The fact that you feel ok some days should give you hope of recovery. Good luck with your healing.
  • Have you had any diagnostic tests? My guess is probably no if you have conservative doctors. Also what type of doctor are you currently seeing?

    At this point I think you need a neurologist (not surgeon). They can order some tests like a MRI or CT which will rule out other damage. Unfortunately true whiplash can be just as painful as bulging disks or other spine injuries.

    And a word of caution. No PT should be telling you that you have fibromyalgia. That is just not professional. Only a neurologist can truly diagnose that and you are way to early in the process to be sent down that road.

  • I have seen a neurosurgeon, two doctors, and two PT.
    Its all muscular according to them.
  • I have whiplash symptoms after a car accident six months after my surgery. I still have muscle spasms,trouble sleeping,back pain,leg and neck pain.Its been a year and a half since my accident and am going to see a neurologist next week to rule out a spinal cord concussion.After my accident i was told by all my doctors including my surgeon that it would take a long time for the whiplash to heal because it happened so soon after my surgery.Once a year came everyone started to wonder if something else was going on because the progress seemed so slow.Thats when i contacted my surgeon who said that he thought perhaps it was also a spinal cord concussion and should see my neurologist.
    Muscle problems do take a long time to heal as well.Did they mri your spine to make sure that there was no more disc problems after the accident?
  • Howdy Dawood!

    I've had whiplash due to car accidents twice, and like the others posted, its a bugger - mine lasted about 7 months with occasional flares for a short time after that on the first one (rear ended). On my last hit and run (2002), the ER doc put me in a soft collar for 2 weeks, and then I went to my Chiro for follow-up. He had me almost pain free within about 4 adjustments - Hot/Cold packs, EMS/TENS, roller bed and manipulations. He also showed me some neck exercises (stretches really) to do on my own. I was good to go within a few months on that one.

    I hope you're feeling better soon. *HUG*

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • thanks for the responses everyone.

    When I went to the second PT and got evaluated he basically told me that I had created a "whiplash" scenario. After asking him why it is taking so long to recover was that he thinks that the first PT did not really address the issues correctly, the main issue being that I was not given a home program.

    I am thinking the whiplash came from the chiropractor adjusting my neck 4times in a week. It was pretty aggressive.I also think psychologically it really affected me as well.

    The other reason is that I am infront of a computer 8-10 hrs a day so that makes it harder.

    I took initial xrays that a neurologist looked at, all telling me it was muscular since I had not symptoms involving nerves.

    It seems to me the main issue right now to me is spasms. I get them all over.For the first time my neck was really loose yesterday then half way through I felt the spasms coming on.

  • tammyc said:
    I have whiplash symptoms after a car accident six months after my surgery. I still have muscle spasms,trouble sleeping,back pain,leg and neck pain.Its been a year and a half since my accident and am going to see a neurologist next week to rule out a spinal cord concussion.After my accident i was told by all my doctors including my surgeon that it would take a long time for the whiplash to heal because it happened so soon after my surgery.Once a year came everyone started to wonder if something else was going on because the progress seemed so slow.Thats when i contacted my surgeon who said that he thought perhaps it was also a spinal cord concussion and should see my neurologist.
    Muscle problems do take a long time to heal as well.Did they mri your spine to make sure that there was no more disc problems after the accident?
    That is so sad & scary. I am still suffering from my car accident that was roughly 2 months after my ACDF. I just had an mri with and w/o contrast and I am wating to see my NS again this month. I need to start working with a Neurologist and I am sure he will refer me to one at our next appt. I don't think he wants to be in the middle of a Insurance settlement. It looks like the fusion is fine but the accident may have caused the vertabrae below to slide out of alignment- I want to say spondylolistsis or retrololistsis. I have no idea what they can do for this but it sure hurts like heck.

    Group Hug!

    Julie
  • I was in a car accident about 15 years ago, and had a pretty bad case of whiplash. I couldn't hold my own head up for a couple weeks.

    After a couple months of PT and massage therapy, I started feeling a bit better, but it took a long time to heal. I don't know if this is typical or not.

    As for the PT telling you that you had whiplash and fibromyalgia, Kris is right, VERY unprofessional. For those types of diagnosis you need a neurologist or a rheumatologist. A good PT should never try to diagnose anything, they don't have the training.

    With you having had x-rays, I would think they would have ordered an MRI as well. That way they could look at all the muscles involved, and make a more clear diagnosis.

    If it were me, I'd go to my PCP and ask for a referral for a neurologist, and ask for an MRI as well. That may help them see the big picture.

    Good luck with your healing, and keep us posted on how you're doing!

    Kat
  • thanks for the responses everyone!

    I think he was saying that I had created a whiplash scenario. From everything I had told him with the work out, locking up when doing a pull up, then getting my neck twisted 4times by a chiro in a week.

    IT's funny cause the last pt before said it was spams as well as "other" neck issues. But never said what :(

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