Back muscle injury after car wreck...how long to heal?
December 27, 2013 7:44 AM Subscribe
I know YANMD, but I am curious about how to go about addressing my muscle gripes with a doctor.
posted by Young Kullervo to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
I was rear-ended by an inattentive driver a month or so ago which somehow injured my back and neck. I went to the ER that day to have x-rays and no bones were damaged (supposedly) but I am worried something else might be up. At first I couldn't really sit for long periods of time without my back and neck "burning" intensely and feeling very weak, almost as if I couldn't hold myself up. The doctor at the ER gave me muscle relaxants and Advil and told me I would be fine in a week. They didn't give me any indication that I had any sort of muscle or nerve damage or even whiplash. I used to run regularly (and I was in peak physical shape at the time of the accident) so I decided to stop for a while to heal properly and eventually the daily burning and what not did fade away. After a month of no exercise, I decided to start running again last night and the burning flared up, albeit, not AS bad as it once was. Still, the fact that it is still bothering me is giving me pause. The doctor at the ER stated that I wouldn't injure myself further by running but that I might make myself "uncomfortable" which I suppose describes how I am feeling this morning. I can't QUITE even describe what this feels like other than a tingly, burning sensation and like my upper back is weak. Nothing sharp or debilitating, just "man this sucks." It also seems to be super tender around where my bra fastens...
I suppose my question is, if and when I do go to a doctor, how is a muscle injury diagnosed if not through x-rays? And how does it heal if it is diagnosed if not through decreased activity? Can I just slap some Icy Hot on it after a run and be done with it? I don't really trust doctors and I feel like the fellow in the ER just told me whatever and kicked me out the door once he saw my x-rays and realize my spine wasn't broken. I've never had this sort of injury, so I have no idea how to communicate my concerns with my doctor. Thanks for any input!