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Whiplash Treatments


Treatment includes:

  • Heat or ice packs—Talk with your doctor about using heat or ice to relieve muscle tension and pain. Wrap the heat or ice pack in a towel. Never place it directly on the skin.
  • Medications—These may include:
    • Pain relievers
    • Anti-inflammatories
    • Muscle relaxants
  • Neck (cervical) collar—This may be given for short-term or occasional use. It will depend upon the extent of injury.

Current belief is that a better recovery can result from earlier activity including:

  • Physical therapy—therapy and modalities may help strengthen neck muscles and improve neck motion; exercises may begin within two days of injury
  • Mobilization

There is some evidence of the effect of the following:

  • Chiropractic—manipulation of the spine done by a chiropractor
  • Cervical facet injections
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Pulsed magnetic field treatment

If you are diagnosed with whiplash, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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