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Despite of the 50% improvement, you do need to be evaluated TODAY at an ER or Urgent Care. These kind of injuries/traumas can be associated with fractures and/or disk prolapse which can be serious. Partial improvement is not an indicator of the benign nature of the injury. Physical exam by a physician and Xray (possibly CT-scan, depending on the results of the first two) are necessery
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I went straight to urgent care baised on what you said. They said not likely AT ALL to be broke, if it got better even a little each day. Said a strain and if not better next week an X-ray.
That was a wasted trip and money.
I fully disagree with their approach. An Xray is mandatory in a situation like this, it's cheap and simple. There is not way they can blame your symptoms on muscle strain without FIRST excluding an underlaying trauma and the least they can do, is an Xray. If your symptoms persists, you have to insist on an Xray, best FU with your family doctor
would a neck fracture get better usually, would I be able to feel stiff and painful, but have full range of motion with my neck?
I had an X-ray, waiting for results, if they see no fracture could I have a small fracture and it heal?
If they do not see a fracture, I would not worry at all. Unless your neck pain symptoms recur or worsen, but that chance is very low given the history and the normal xray. Best wishes
so it says many fractures don't show on X-ray, but is that because they are mild?
Yes. The one you are concerned about, can not be missed on xRay. If symptoms worsen, then MRI of the spine would be the test to consider, but I do not think you will need that
Ok well I have not got the results yet, but I hope my neck gets better soon.
I hope so too. Best of luck