Non-operative Whiplash - Neck Sprain or Strain Treatments
Fortunately, whiplash is treatable and most symptoms resolve completely. Initially, whiplash is treated with a soft cervical collar which may be worn for 2 to 3 weeks.
Other treatments for individuals with whiplash may include the following:
- Heat therapy to relieve muscle tension and pain
- Pain medications such as analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Muscle relaxants
- Range of motion exercises and physical therapy
For most patients, the symptoms of whiplash usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks.
If symptoms continue or worsen, further X-rays and other diagnostic testing may be necessary to see if the patient suffered a more severe injury. Severe extension injuries like whiplash can damage the intervertebral discs. If this occurs, surgical repair of the discs may become necessary.