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Swelling on the left side of the neck following an injury - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My daughter hurt her neck riding her horse, sort of a whiplash incident. Now she has a bump on the upper left side of her neck. Is this an emergency? We have no insurance and I'm wondering if it's just a bruise.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   May I know her age?
Doctor :   Does she lose consciousness?
User :   19, she has no other pain just had a headache for a while. She didn't lose condiousness and kept riding
Doctor :   Does she have any numbness or weakness of the limbs(especially the left upper limb)?
User :   NO
Doctor :   Is she able to move her neck without any difficulties?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   The most serious injury during an whiplash incident is the cervical bone injuries - like fractures.
Doctor :   This can only be determined by x-rays.
Doctor :   Her symptoms are not similar to fractured vertebrae, however unless a physical examination is done or without an x-ray's,
Doctor :   its difficult to rule this out.
Doctor :   Hence I would suggest you to consult your local doctor for physical examination.
Doctor :   In the mean time bed rest with restriction of neck movements is advisable.
Doctor :   You can also give icing techniques for preventing further swellings.\
User :   What would cause the bump even if it was a fracture, is blood pooled or a tendon possibly swollen. Its on her left side just under her skull
Doctor :   And the use of analgesics such as ibuprofen 400mg twice daily after food for 3 days.
Doctor :   since I am unable to physically examine the swelling, its difficult to predict the exact cause of the swelling,
Doctor :   it may be a soft tissue injury
Doctor :   most probably.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I will let her know
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   She said she iced it
User :   no
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   thank you
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