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Do numbness and stiffness in the back and chest post car accident, require medical attention?

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Posted on Sat, 21 Nov 2020
Question: I am concerned. Ever since a minor car accident, my neck and upper back/ front chest area have been ver stiff despite getting multiple deep tissue massages. Over the last couple of days I have been starting to have tingling and numbness in my arms. I think they are probably related. I do not have a primary doc to as I have never had any health issues. I feel that I need to see a doctor, but unsure where to start. I watch far too many medical dramas... And have a feeling going straight to the ER would probably not be the best course of action . Would love guidance on who to see for these symptoms
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (59 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Start with a cervical spine MRI.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

As a Neurosurgeon at a national trauma centre, I see often patients who sustained minor car accidents and presented with symptoms similar to yours and, yes, there may be a relationship between the accident and your symptoms.

Your condition needs definitely an evaluation by a spine Specialist/Neurosurgeon and an MRI to assess any herniated disc disease, spinal cord contusion, instability of your cervical spine.

On the other hand, I don't see a reason to go to the ER.

Treatment depends on the diagnosis.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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Do numbness and stiffness in the back and chest post car accident, require medical attention?

Brief Answer: Start with a cervical spine MRI. Detailed Answer: Hello, As a Neurosurgeon at a national trauma centre, I see often patients who sustained minor car accidents and presented with symptoms similar to yours and, yes, there may be a relationship between the accident and your symptoms. Your condition needs definitely an evaluation by a spine Specialist/Neurosurgeon and an MRI to assess any herniated disc disease, spinal cord contusion, instability of your cervical spine. On the other hand, I don't see a reason to go to the ER. Treatment depends on the diagnosis. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical