Back and Neck Injury/bulging disc reinjured

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Hello I had a car accident I hit someone from behind  my  spine and back and neck Have been hurting  i already have a bulging disc in my spine and neck from accident in 2001 And  i went to chiropracter he seem to  straighten me  out to where  i  could move  I  wonder  if i could of reinjured my disc or is it just flare up I did go to the doctor He said i  had neck sprain and sore muscles gave me muscle relaxer Will i  hope it just flare up I been staying on ice it helps some Do you know what else i  could do Thank you Carolyn

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This absolutely could reinjure your neck... doctors call it an exacerbation of your condition.  Both docs appear to be correct, as a sprain is a stretch of a ligament, and the disc is by definition a ligament.

I would tell your DC to take flexion/ extension films of your neck and look for any signs of instability.  At our office we use a Myovision tool to look at the muscles, as well.   Hopefully your doc has one.

MAke sure you get massage, as well!  

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Dr. Peter Carr

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I can answer spine related issues, as well as golf, running, and whiplash related issues. I run a very busy practice in Downtown Seattle, Dynamic Chiropractic Clinic, and sometimes do not get to answer questions every day, but when I do, I'll try my best to answer the question(s) you have.

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I have a doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and am a Certified Chiropractic Golf Practitioner. I am also a lecturer on whiplash injury, certified in the etiology and treatment of auto accident cases, and was a national-level mid distance runner.

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American Chiropractic Association, Washington State Chiropractic Association, Whiplash Seattle Member and founder

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Dynamic Chiropractic, The Beacon

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DC, BS

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