Whiplash Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Whiplash below.


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How to Diagnose Whiplash

The doctor will ask about your symptoms. You will be asked how the injury occurred. A physical exam will be done. Although most whiplash injuries do not show up on imaging tests, your doctor may choose to order some tests to make sure that no other injuries.

Tests may include:

  • Neck x-rays -a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures in the neck, especially bones
  • CT scan -a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the bony structures inside the neck
  • MRI scan -a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of bony and soft tissue structures inside the neck
  • CT myelogram -a test that uses dye to better see structures in the neck
  • Electrodiagnostic testing-also known as EMG, test muscles


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