Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In the case of a car accident, you might receive on-site paramedic or emergency room care. But a whiplash injury may not cause symptoms immediately. If you experience neck pain and other symptoms after an injury, see your doctor or an urgent care center as soon as possible.

Be prepared to describe in detail the event that may have caused the onset of symptoms and to answer the following questions.

  • How would you rate your neck pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Does movement make the pain worse?
  • What other symptoms have you experienced?
  • How long after the event did the symptoms appear?
  • Have you experienced neck pain in the past, or do you experience it regularly?
  • Have you taken any drugs or used other treatments to lessen the pain? What was the effect?
  • What medications do you take regularly, including dietary supplements and herbal medicines?
Jan. 20, 2015