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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Alternate Names : Hyperextension Injury of the Neck

Whiplash | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the injury?

Time and gentle range of motion exercises are usually the best treatments for whiplash. The healthcare provider may also recommend:

  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen to help reduce the pain and swelling
  • a cool compress applied to the neck
  • narcotic medications for severe pain
  • muscle relaxing medications for muscle spasms
  • physical therapy, if symptoms persist
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects depend on the medications used, but may include drowsiness, stomach upset, or allergic reactions.

    What happens after treatment for the injury?

    It may take from 2 to 4 weeks before the person regains full range of motion of the neck without pain. The individual may have recurrent headaches. Physical therapy may be needed to help keep the neck muscles strong and healthy.

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    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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