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What do I need to know about caring for someone with whiplash?

You should be aware that whiplash is an injury to the neck and the person you are caring for will likely be in pain. While that pain is often centered in the neck, it can affect other muscle groups. Contact a doctor if the pain spreads beyond the neck, if moving the head is painful, if the person you are caring for feels numb in the arms, or if they need a stronger pain reliever.

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