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How is whiplash treated?

Treatment for individuals with whiplash may include pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and a cervical collar (usually worn for two to three weeks). A range of motion exercises, physical therapy, and cervical traction may also be prescribed. Supplemental heat application may relieve muscle tension.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Treatment for whiplash includes rest and ice. Once the pain has subsided, exercises can improve neck motion in all directions.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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