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When should I seek medical care about whiplash?

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See a doctor. Or go to a hospital emergency room if:

  • Pain starts after an injury or accident.
  • Neck pain radiates down the arms and legs.
  • Pain is accompanied by headaches, numbness, tingling, visual changes, nausea or weakness.

From: Whiplash Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Neck Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Neck Pain."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Whiplash."

Whiplash Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Neck Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Neck Pain."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Whiplash."

Whiplash Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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