Car Accident Neck and Shoulder Pain. Seems to be NO help,and the doctors are not concerned.

by MARK V.
(Meadville P.A. U.S.A.)

I received whiplash trauma in my neck and left shoulder after rolling over my truck.

It has been over 5 months and the pain persists, very severe sharp pain to numbness and tingling to periods of time of almost constant muscle spasm.

I am told it's just Tendonitus take a few aspirin.

I have received an M.R.I...for verification. HELP!


Joshua Answers:

Hi Mark.

Ouch. That doesn't sound fun at all. I've had whiplash before. It's it's own special kind of pain and problem....

I'm going to ask you some questions in a few minutes, but let me say this first:

1. Depending on the specifics of your crash, I am not at all surprised that you are still in a lot of pain 5 months later.

And if such is the case, Time won't heal it, -and- while the pain will mostly eventually go away, it's not one of those things that is just going to heal up good as new (if left to it's own devices.)

Whiplash damage and neck Tendonitis sets up a particular dynamic that keeps pain happening.

Good news bad news. Various things will help heal whiplash and heal Tendonitis. Time and rest aren't really one them.

2. The numbness is -probably just from your neck muscles being so tight that they are stepping on the hose of the nerve. I wouldn't worry so much about that. We just need to show you how to take your foot off the hose. It will take some work on your part.

It's not that doctors aren't concerned, it's that doctors don't know how to deal with what you are suffering from. Their skill set, what their education consisted of, does not and did not train them to know or understand what is happening in there.

It's really just a matter of not having anything in their tool box that can help.

Chop your leg off with a chain saw or get a gunshot wound? Go see a doctor! Fast!

Whiplash? Not so much.

Questions for you

1. Please describe the specifics of the crash. How, where, what, when, how fast, what directions, etc.

2. Please describe where exactly you hurt, and how you hurt. The more detail the better.

3. What makes it better, what makes it worse, or is it constant.

4. What have you done to 'help' so far? Has it helped?

5. How old are you? How active are you? How would you describe your overall level of health?

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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