Typical diagnostic procedures for whiplash

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Your physician will make a physical examination and will inquire about any recent mishaps, such as sports injuries, falls, or head impacts. The duration of headaches, vertigo, swallowing difficulties, and vision issues should be brief. Tell your doctor if the symptoms given above persist or become unmanageable. An MRI may be needed to rule out a more serious neck injury.

If a spinal injury is thought to have occurred, the following imaging tests might be prescribed:

X-rays and MRIs can rule out fractured bones and other disorders such as arthritis, spine fractures, and dislocations.

  • A more detailed image of the bone and soft tissues can be seen on a monitor during a CT (computerized tomography) scan because numerous X-ray images are acquired from various angles.
  • A detailed image of the damaged area is gradually created during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan using radio waves and a strong magnetic field. Soft tissue injuries will be easy to spot for the doctor.

    Mechanics of a whiplash injury: 

    Whiplash is frequently brought on by being struck from behind, such as by a fast-moving car during an auto accident. At the moment of impact, the body is propelled forward right away while the head lags for a little moment. This causes the head to move up and back with a snap 

    The head is automatically propelled forward by the muscles, sometimes too far, and the head may forcefully rock forward, further causing ligaments, tendons, and muscles to be stretched or torn.

    Common causes of whiplash: 

    Other possible causes of whiplash include: 

    • Car accidents
    • Falling off a bike
    • Horse riding accident
    • Physical abuse, such as shaking a baby
    • Rides at an amusement park
    • Contact sports
    • Hits to the head with a heavy object

    Following a whiplash injury, the ligaments and tendons in the neck are damaged because they have been overstretched or torn.  Even when the neck has not been injured, the healing process sometimes takes several months.

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