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How to diagnose and treat a whiplash injury

Getting in a car accident in Mississippi can be a traumatic event, especially if it results in an injury. One of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident is whiplash, and it can sometimes go untreated.

WebMD states that the symptoms of whiplash may not manifest until more than 24 hours after an accident occurred.

The symptoms of whiplash

Someone who starts to experience the following symptoms within a few days or immediately after a car accident may be suffering from whiplash:

  • Mental symptoms can include fatigue, sleep disturbances, irritability, difficulty remembering, problems with concentration and dizziness.
  • Nervous symptoms may appear as numbness or pain in the hands or arms.
  • Musculoskeletal symptoms can include lower back pain, shoulder pain and stiffness or pain in the neck.
  • People suffering from whiplash often experience headaches.

If one or more of these symptoms are present, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor, who can diagnose the cause.

Diagnosing whiplash

Doctors can use technology to identify if damage to the ligaments, muscles or discs are causing symptoms. An MRI or a CT scan can reveal damage that won’t appear on an X-ray. Identifying if the symptoms are occurring as a result of recently sustained damage may indicate that the recent car accident was the cause of whiplash.

Mayoclinic advises getting in to see a doctor promptly after symptoms occur to make sure symptoms do not worsen and to check if any bones have been broken. While car accidents are often related to whiplash, it also regularly occurs as an injury in contact sports.

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