How is whiplash diagnosed?

Healthcare providers can usually diagnose whiplash by examining your symptoms and asking you questions about your injury. CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can show details of damaged soft tissues (such as nerves or disks), though they may not always be required. Your healthcare provider may diagnose a whiplash injury with a physical exam alone.

Will whiplash show up on an MRI?

MRI imaging can show fine details of soft tissues inside the body. If you have tissue damage from whiplash, sometimes it can show up on an MRI.

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