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How is whiplash diagnosed?

To diagnose whiplash, your doctor will likely ask you how your neck was injured. The doctor may measure how far you can move your neck, and different parts of your neck will be checked to see where you are most tender. Neck pain can also be a sign of other problems (like injuries to the spinal cord or nerve roots in the spinal column), so your doctor may order additional tests to make sure your spine is okay. Some of these tests could include x-rays, computerized tomography (CT scan), and possibly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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