Alternate Names : Hyperextension Injury of the Neck
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
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
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.