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Noticed shooting pain from neck to shoulder while turning the neck. Remedy?

Jul 2013
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miles per hourl She was making a left turn. The pain started to increase several days latter. there are two lines on her next that follow the pain. It runs down her neck and goes to back shoulder blade. The pain occurs whenever she turn her neck or is stilling still. It is a shooting pain that follows a common path

She may have been going 20 mph during the left turn. She was driving under the influence . Mahbe 4 drinks but no food. She weights about 118lbs

We want to know how serious this is. Should she go the emergency room or just wait. She is considering to use a vibrating messager

It looks like the first part of the thread is lost . My girl friend was driving under the influence of 4 beers. She made a left turn at about 20 mph and end up hitting another car. Both of her airbag went off. The other car was damage but no inury
Her next is sore and seems to get worse with a shooting pain that follows the same path from her next down to the shoulder blade

THis only occurs on the right side. There are two separate pain thread. Both threads occur at the same time.

She has started physical therapy. She has had 3 sessions of 45 minutes each. They usage physical manipulation and also electro stimulation using a wand that follows the pain thread
Posted Tue, 8 Oct 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
She could have sustained WHIPLASH INJURY

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

The description of the symptoms and the nature of injury is highly suggestive of a whiplash injury to the neck which is nothing but neck strain involving the neck muscles and ligaments. These injuries are typically seen in car collisions.

An MRI scan of the cervical spine is necessary to rule out any underlying injury either to the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Physical therapy in the form of gradual stretching and strengthening of the paravertebral muscles plays a significant role in the recovery process. Ultrasound therapy may also be helpful.

Moist heat fomentation over the affected area helps in resolving the spasm of the underlying muscles. Gentle massaging of a pain killer cream will be beneficial.

Keep continuing the current treatment. Approach an orthopedic surgeon, if the symptoms are not resolving or if they are getting worsened.

Hope I have addressed your query. Happy to help further

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