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Whiplash - Treatment

Treatment & Prognosis & Evidence/Road to recovery

  • Most cases of whiplash resolve on their own or with physiotherapy and other exercise-based programmes.
  • Promoting early stretching of the neck leads to a quicker recovery
  • Recovery is improved by early return to work and activities.
  • Positive attitude and beliefs are helpful with recovery.
  • Negative attitudes and beliefs can delay and prolong recovery.
  • Neck collars are not recommended.
  • In a small number of people, the symptoms can last for several months and this is called chronic whiplash.

References

McClune T, Burton AK, Waddell G (2002) Whiplash associated disorders: a review of the literature to guide patient information and advice. Emerg Med J. 19:499-506.

Suissa et al (2001) The relationship between initial symptoms and signs, and the prognosis of whiplash - European Spine Journal
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