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Neck pain and headaches after hitting head. Why are shoulder sore? What to do?

My 14 yr old son wrecked his dirtbike and hit his head on pavement, yesterday about 18 hours ago. He didn t lose consciousness (sp?). Complained of headache and neck hurting. Went to bed last night, woke up this morning with soreness from shoulder to shoulder and up neck. Didn t see the accident, not sure how hard he hit his head, there is no bump . I gave him Tylenol and he is at school now. I don t know what to do? He wasn t complaining of any other symptoms this morning. And he has a very low tolerence for pain. Should I just see how he does the rest of the day?
Asked On : Sat, 28 Apr 2012
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Welcome to HCM!

I have gone through your query carefully and it doesn't have any symptoms apart from shoulders and neck pain and that your son has low tolerance for pain, so, it is less likely that there is something serious about it ( no loss of consciousness, which is an important sign for head injury, or nausea, vomit, dizziness...)

Shoulders and neck are sore because there are muscles and nerves which get injured during the accident. Manytimes, people dont remember at what places they are injured and only after few hours, one feels the pain at several sites and come to know of them.

Had I been at your place, I would wait for him to come back from school, and of there is increase in his pain, or there are certain fresh complaints , like: nausea, vomiting, vision difficulties, dizziness ect., I would certainly go and see a doctor.
If the pain is decreasing and he is otherwise absolutely normal, you can just wait.

----If the anxiety for his health is taking over you, getting an MRI Brain will clear the picture at once!

Hope the answer helps you
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Answered: Fri, 1 Nov 2013
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