How do medications treat whiplash?

Over-the-counter medication like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve pain that is caused by inflammation. Prescription painkillers have different mechanisms for treating whiplash. Sometimes a doctor will inject lidocaine into particularly painful spots, which numbs the pain where it is injected. A doctor may also prescribe muscle relaxants, which slow or stop muscle spasms that can cause pain.

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