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Whiplash - Diagnosis

Symptoms / Tests / Signs

  • Whiplash can be diagnosed by your symptoms.
  • The doctor can prescribe medication for your pain and being active helps with your recovery.
  • An MRI scan (magnetic imaging) is generally not helpful and usually does not show any damage. It may however show age related changes in the neck.
  • Sometimes the symptoms will start immediately and sometimes stiffness and pain can take up to 48 hours to appear. Most people with whiplash will recover by 1 month and younger people recover more quickly.
  • Visit your family doctor or the hospital if you had a whiplash injury and you are in need of reassurance.
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page last updated on 21.08.2019