Whiplash: What happens at the doctor’s office

October 30th, 2011

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may conduct diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your injury and to rule out other, more serious conditions.

These tests may include:

  • Neurological Examination
  • Orthopedic Examination
  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Whiplash: When to Seek Care

October 28th, 2011

You should always consult your doctor if you have had an accident that is causing pain or stiffness in your neck, since these symptoms can be a sign of a more serious injury such as spinal cord damage. If you experience numbness, weakness, or a prickly sensation in your arms or hands following a neck injury, you should not attempt to treat these symptoms on your own.

Whiplash: Do symptoms occur right away?

October 24th, 2011

Symptoms of whiplash may not appear immediately. In fact, whiplash-related pain is often worse the days and weeks following the injury. In some cases, symptoms don’t show up until several days to weeks laterlater.

Whiplash: Symptoms

October 21st, 2011

Symptoms of whiplash in an auto accident vary depending on the specific injury, but may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Muscle and possibly ligament damage
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Burning feeling in the neck
  • A prickling sensation in the neck and possibly the arms
  • Shoulder pain or pain between the shoulder blades
  • Back pain
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Nervousness
  • Irritable mood
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Whiplash: Neck Sprain, Strain and Pain

October 18th, 2011

An accident that causes your neck to move violently could result in whiplash. Whiplash is thought to be the most common traumatic neck injury, affecting an estimated four out of every 1,000 people.

Whiplash is frequently the result of an automobile accident, especially rear-impact collisions, but may also occur from skiing and other sports injuries, falls, and even amusement park rides.

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is an injury to the soft tissues in the neck. A sudden back and forth motion of your head could cause these soft tissues to stretch beyond their limits. With whiplash, neck joints, disks, ligaments, muscles, and nerves are damaged.