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I had a car accident this afternoon, which I felt fine at that time but now my face is numb, my neck is stiff, my left scapula hurts along with my left shoulder. I can barely move my neck. My left eye hurts as well. Should I go to the doctor?

Dear Darly,
So sorry to hear about your accident. Often pain from an accident does not become a problem until several days later.

Though I am not a doctor, my suggestion would be seek medical attention if pain has not subsided to rule out any injury that may have not been immediately evident.

Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!


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Sandee Koehler


As a physical therapist assistant, certified massage therapist and previous owner of a medical massage business specializing in pain/stress management, injury rehab and general mobility/improving gait, I am comfortable in answering questions re: massage therapy techniques and advice on Swedish massage, therapeutic touch, neuromuscular/trigger point/deep tissue massage, sports/injury rehab, reflexology, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, and specific massage techniques to include cancer, infant, headaches and chronic disorders. Also comfortable with basic stretching, range of motion exercises and general strengthening, and advise for massage therapy practice.


Fifteen year career as a physical therapy assistant Ten years as a certified massage therapist Three years as a medical massage business owner Four years as a health freelance writer


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