Whiplash symptoms usually occur within the first twenty-five to forty-eight hours. Symptoms can vary and include any of the following:
These symptoms should be treated by a professional before they progress. If you experience any numbness, tingling, or weakness in any of your extremities or if the pain spreads to your arms or shoulders, see a doctor right away.
To determine whether whiplash is present, a physical examination should be performed as soon as possible. During the exam examination, a physician will look at your medical history and then perform both physical and neurological examinations to diagnose any injury. These tests can include imaging such as an RI scan, X-rays, and CT scans. Physicians will typically look for signs of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury through these scans. Blood work should also be performed. Doctors will also assess pain levels before determining a treatment plan.
The treatment for whiplash will depend on the severity of the injury. After the first few hours of the whiplash injury occurs, you should pay close attention to how you are feeling. Make an appointment with your physician and discuss the symptoms you are feeling so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. Treatment includes:
Because whiplash can have such effects that last for extended amounts of time, it’s important to visit an experienced physician for treatment before further injury is sustained. If you or a loved one is experiencing pain from whiplash, contact Dr. Khan at Silicon Valley Pain Management today.
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