How do medical professionals diagnose and treat whiplash?

| May 4, 2021 | Firm News |

After a recent auto collision on Tennessee’s roads, you think you may have whiplash. How do you know whether to attribute your discomfort to the accident or everyday aches and pain?

Mayo Clinic explores common diagnosis and treatment options for whiplash. Get the information you need to build a personal injury case.

Diagnosis methods

A physician may conduct imaging tests to pinpoint the cause of your pain. Such tests include magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography and X-rays. Even though imaging tests do not specifically diagnosis whiplash, they may help eliminate the possibility of conditions with similar symptoms.

Physical examination

Expect a medical professional to examine your arms, head and neck. You may perform motions intended to test your limb strength and reflexes, shoulder and neck range of motion, back and neck tenderness and motions that cause you pain. During your examination, the doctor may ask you about your symptoms and the auto accident.


For treatment, you may perform exercises to help regain your normal range of motion and get back to your standard daily activities. Common whiplash exercises include rotating your neck, rolling your shoulders, tilting your head and folding your neck into your chest.

Pain management

Modern medicine provides several pain management options for whiplash. You may take prescription medication to address nerve pain, over-the-counter medication or muscle relaxants. Bed rest and hot and cold compresses may prove sufficient to lessen your discomfort. Depending on your level of pain and symptoms, you may need numbing injects to perform physical therapy exercises.

Even minor auto accidents may cause major pain. A thorough medical examination helps protect your right to compensation after a motor vehicle accident.

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