Whiplash Myths: Why You Need Medical Imaging

Whiplash has long been mocked by those who see it as a medical fallacy. Perhaps they’ve watched too many television shows that portray con artists scamming the system by wearing a neck brace and pretending to be hurt after a vehicle accident. In fact, whiplash is a painful injury that often causes serious short-term issues as well as long-term damage. Whiplash is not a scam, and it affects millions of people each year. Prompt medical imaging is one way to identify and minimize its effects.

The Myths

Perhaps the name itself makes the injury seem less serious. The term “whiplash” comes from the motion your neck makes when you are in a collision. It frequently mimics the cracking of a whip. In fact, whiplash refers to the soft tissue injuries that occur when the muscles and ligaments of your neck are extended beyond their usual range of motion, often causing significant damage. Myths about whiplash include:

  • It’s minor. Many people believe whiplash is a minor ailment that causes little pain, but even in its less serious form, whiplash commonly causes neck stiffness and pain, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness and fatigue. The victim may miss work and be unable to care for their family.
  • It lasts a few days. Some whiplash victims do recover in a few weeks. Others develop chronic whiplash, which can affect them for the rest of their lives. They may develop chronic neck and shoulder pain, issues with memory, problems concentrating, insomnia and ringing in the ears. They lose their quality of life.
  • People fake whiplash. Some people have faked whiplash just as they faked other injuries like knee problems or back issues. In the past, soft tissue injuries were difficult to diagnose, but with the advent of advanced medical imaging, damage to muscles, discs and ligaments can be documented. These imaging improvements have weeded out the fakers and helped the truly injured get the help they need without social stigma.

Onyx Imaging

Without proper medical imaging, whiplash can go undetected for weeks or even months. Unless you complain of neck pain at the emergency room, the doctor may not order an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, thus missing your injuries.

At Onyx Imaging, you receive fast treatment and same-day results. In approximately four hours, the skilled staff will read your scans so you can get the treatment you need to minimize the long-term effects of your injuries.

Your insurance status is not a concern at Onyx because they perform medical imaging on a lien. Simply put, they conduct the tests you need and receive payment when your attorney reaches a legal settlement. In this way, you don’t have to face maddening delays that can adversely affect your future. You quickly get all the information you need to make the correct medical and legal decisions.

Although many types of accidents can cause whiplash, it’s most commonly associated with vehicle collisions. Current safety innovations often don’t protect your neck from being hyper-extended during impact. Everyone is vulnerable to developing this condition.

Experts estimate that three million new whiplash cases occur each year. Far from being a myth or scam, whiplash is an all-too-real, painful and sometimes life-altering injury. After a vehicle collision, you need to seek the proper medical imaging at Onyx so you can improve your chances of a full recovery.