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Whiplash from a motor vehicle, or any other, accident can be a very serious injury. What can make whiplash even worse is the fact that you may not experience the symptoms immediately following an accident. For that reason, if you have been injured in a car accident and think you may have experienced whiplash type symptoms, it is extremely important that you visit a doctor, such as a chiropractor, for complete exam and diagnosis.

Even if your symptoms are minor, such as a strain or minor irritation in the neck, it's important to be examined by a chiropractor so that the extent of your injury can be determined. During the exam, your chiropractic doctor will ask you questions about your injury and general health. You should also be asked to undergoe a general diagnostic exam and possibly x-ray. This diagnostic exam will help determine what parts of your neck were injured in the accident. Once your chiropractor knows the extent of your injury a treatment plan can be developed to help you recover and manage the pain.

Your chiropractor will also be able to perform physical exams where he or she will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting any movement that causes you pain. Your chiropractor will feel your spine to ensure proper alignment as well as feel for muscle spasms. Further examination of the upper back, muscle strength and regions experiencing pain should also be conducted. All of these exams will help identify areas of the spine placing pressure on the nerves due to the whiplash.

Although whiplash usually only causes damage to the soft tissues of the neck, your chiropractor may take x-rays for reference in case of delayed symptoms and to rule out other spinal problems or injuries like bone fractures. If it's possible you have a herniated disc (injured and bulging out) or a significant muscle or ligament injury, your chiropractor may refer you for further advanced diagnostics such as… Computerized Axial Tomography scan (a CT or CAT scan) or a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test (an MRI) can be performed. CT scans and MRIs make it easier to see the soft tissues and any possible injury to those soft tissues.

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