You were stopped at a red light when another car hit you going 25 mph from behind. It was so sudden. Your neck whipped backward and forward violently, this usually results in whiplash. Now you have headaches, neck pain and stiffness that won’t go away. Your doctor ordered the usual tests — X-ray, CT scan, MRI— which he said came back “normal.” So you went home with a prescription for muscle relaxant and pain medicine for your undiagnosed whiplash injury AND you still have no idea why you’re hurting. Weeks after your car accident, you’re still in pain.
Regular x-rays are an effective test for detecting fractures, dislocations and tumors, but they often don’t pick up the soft-tissue injuries that car accidents often cause to the ligaments in the neck and shoulder areas.
If your doctor ordered an MRI and it came back negative, that doesn’t prove anything either. The MRI was negative because it primarily looks at the discs in your spinal column, not the ligaments.