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