Whiplash

Treatment for Whiplash

Treatment may include:
 
  • Pain medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Cervical collar (usually worn for two to three weeks)
  • Range-of-motion exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Cervical traction
  • Supplemental heat application (may relieve muscle tension).
 

Prognosis for People With Whiplash

In most cases, the prognosis for individuals with whiplash is good. The neck and head pain will usually clear within a few days or weeks, and most patients recover within three months after the injury. However, some people with whiplash may continue to have residual neck pain and headaches.
 
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