Patients periodically arrive in the ER after fender benders concerned they’ve broken their necks. Or sometimes 24-48 hours later they appear after someone not paying the bill says “you really gotta get that checked.” It’s easy to order X-rays. Much harder to say “fear not, and have a nice day.” So more important are the happy words.
After any hard workout, muscular discomfort often peaks the next morning, and the same applies for whiplash. And as with all injuries, there are two general types; those which will heal no matter what we do, and those that could use some assistance beyond rest, ibuprofen, gentle massage, gentle stretching. Even for fractures, there are stable fractures such as spinous process fractures for which ibuprofen, rest and PT may suffice, and crush fractures or dislocations (Christopher Reeves) which may lead to permanent disability.
In general, if you’re still walking, talking, breathing, peeing, pooping, driving, after 24-48 hours your chances are excellent. But if you want a neck X-ray we’re happy to order one for you as well. $60 at Selma Carlson is downright reasonable.
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