Questions From Your Chiropractor to Help Diagnose the Severity of Your Whiplash


Whiplash is an extremely serious condition. If not treated properly from the outset, it could leave you with long-term problems that take a toll on your everyday health. From chronic pain, to tinnitus, to migraines, and more, the effects of untreated whiplash are varied and severe.

At ChiroSolutions Center, we work quickly to characterize the severity and scope of whiplash injuries, in order to give our Virginia Beach, VA patients the best possible relief. As part of our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to creating a treatment plan, we do an exhaustive interview with patients. Every question is important and plays a vital role in determining the scope of the industry, alongside palpation and general observation.

If you’re suffering from a whiplash injury, here’s a quick look at some of the questions we ask, so you can prepare information and answers for your consultation.

How would you rate your neck pain? (1-10 scale, low to high)

Knowing how much pain you’re in is an important variable. It clues the chiropractor in on the acute severity of the condition, while helping them understand how you’re able to cope with it.

For example, if 10 is totally debilitating pain and a patient rates their pain as a 9, it’s a chiropractic emergency that may even involve referral to an emergency care center. Conversely, if the pain is 2-3 and dull, it gives the chiropractor time to probe further to understand the true nature of the injury.

Does movement make the pain worse?

Chances are, movement affects the severity of the pain you’re feeling. But knowing what type o movement triggers additional pain tells a chiropractor a lot. It can provide insight into range of motion, axis of movement, directional movement, and more. Assessing these qualifiers means getting a full profile of pain and how it relates to your cervical spine and surrounding soft tissue.

What other symptoms do you have?

If you’re getting migraines, have ringing in the ears, or can feel throbbing in your temples, these are all things to report to a chiropractor. They can characterize and qualify your whiplash condition, while cluing the chiropractor into possible treatment methodologies for alleviating the specific type of pain or discomfort you’re dealing with.

How long after the event did the symptoms appear?

Some symptoms are immediate; others take weeks to manifest. Depending on the timeline of your pain and debilitations, there may be a correlation to how whiplash has affected your body. Establishing a timeline puts a chiropractor in the right frame of reference for treating your injuries.

How often do you experience these symptoms?

Frequency and duration of symptoms are other qualifiers of utmost importance. If pain is constant and severe or intermittent and dull, the adjustment approach may change to focus on different modalities. Your chiropractor may decide to administer myofascial release and acupuncture vs. manual adjustments and traction, all depending on the nature of your symptoms.

More answers lead to better results

Characterizing a problem is the first step to solving it properly. In the case of a major problem like whiplash, it’s an essential starting point. Be prepared to answer a battery of questions about your whiplash injury.

At ChiroSolutions Center, we take whiplash injuries seriously. When developing a Chirorpactic BioPhysics (CBP) schedule for treatment, we leave no stone unturned in getting the information necessary to treat your whiplash. Schedule a consultation today!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.