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Back,Neck&Shoulder Pain after a car accident

Hello, I am hoping to get some advice from anyone who has experienced a similar situation as me.. Anything would be appreciaited!

I was in a car accident on Dec 23, 2017. I t-boned a driver who ran her stop sign and its been three weeks since.

I have been suffering from constant back pain and some days, upper back, neck and shoulder pain as well. 

My pain is a burning sensation in my lower back and a sharp pain in my upper back. 

My neck and shoulder muscles are still very stiff from the whiplash. I am having a hard time to properly sit or stand.

When I saw my Doctor, all she told me was to do careful excercises and to see a massage therapist. Iv only seen a massage therapist once. 

But I am planning to get a follow-up from my Doctor soon.

I work in a hospital as a unit clerk, so I am mostly working on a computer but I am also constantly on my feet to help other units or to pick up things from pharmacy or lab.

I am also in charge of ordering huge amount of supplies for two units and am responsible for carrying boxes and puting these items away.

Basically, my job requires my back to adapt to different positions and at this point, standing or sitting is very painful and uncomfortable.

I am only 24 and in nursing school, I am afraid that having this back problem will prevent me from reaching my potential as a future nurse.

Is it worth it to take time off work now? Like a month?

Thank you for taking the time to read this!



  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 920

    anythingpink13 - You say it is three weeks since the accident and it sounds like your symptoms are not getting any better.  You say that you are considering taking time off from work, then you should be getting and evaluation from a spinal specialist.  Hopefully, he/she would order at least some basic diagnostic imaging.     

  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,459
    edited 01/15/2018 - 1:55 PM

    Since it’s only been three weeks since the accident you’re probably best letting more time pass. 

    If, 2-4 weeks from now, you’re no better than you are today, then you’ll probably want an MRI.

    Hopefully you have a lawyer considering the car accident was not your fault. 

    See if you can get on light duty at your job (ask your PCP and/or lawyer about this).

    That way you can still keep moving (and keep your job), but not risk further injury. 

    The worst thing to do for most back injuries is to stay home all day and do nothing.

    You should be afforded temporary accommodations at work, until you confirm exactly what’s going on.

    I’m surprised there’s no mention of physical therapy. I bet that would help your progress.

    Good luck. Please keep us posted.

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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 920

    @L4_L5 - Did you ever have a cervical injury, especially cervical whiplash?  I've had both cervical whiplash and low back injury (which I recovered with RFAs and physical therapy).  For me, the two injuries were "two different animals".  In my opinion, better to schedule to see a spine specialist and not need them and wait until you know you need one and then have to wait.  You can always cancel if not needed.  In my part of the country, it can be months after scheduling until you get to see a good specialist.   

  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,459
    edited 01/15/2018 - 6:44 PM

    I apologize. I should have read her message more carefully. 

    I only saw the back listed but now see the neck complaints as well.

    anythingpink, please consider nutcase’s strategy above.

    Also you probably need a lawyer as much as you need a doctor. 

    It sounds like you’re trying too hard given everything you have going on. 

  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 920

    @L4_L5 - No need to apologize.  I was guessing that you missed the neck comments.

    @anythingpink - I totally agree that you should consult a lawyer.  Not consulting a lawyer after my whiplash came back to haunt me later.

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