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This single topic generates constant and un-ending dispute within the medical profession and there is no single whiplash treatment that is widely accepted among doctors. Probably this results from the fact that there is no single injury that causes the pain and discomfort which most likely arises from a collection of different injuries and is best described as a syndrome. About the only commonality between doctors is that Paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be given for short periods for pain in the back of the neck and headaches, however even then there is a general recommendation that this should only occur following examination and upon the specific recommendation by a doctor.

Whiplash Treatment

There are a few things that can be done at home to relieve the immediate symptoms and minimize the amount of inflammation in the soft tissues of the neck :-

  • apply a wrapped ice pack to the neck for short periods not exceeding 30 minutes up to 4 times per day
  • take paracetamol for pain relief or ibuprofen for anti-inflammatory action

The range of whiplash treatment that may be offered or recommended by a doctor includes :-

  • neck massage
  • neck rest
  • bed rest
  • ice therapy
  • heat therapy
  • oral pain relievers
  • oral anti inflammatory medications
  • immobilization with a soft cervical collar
  • early range of motion exercises
  • avoidance of excessive neck strain
  • muscle relaxant medications
  • physical therapy

Minor Injury

If there is no suspicion of a fracture or dislocation doctors may advise the use of a soft surgical collar for a short period of time followed by a gentle return to normal activities as soon as possible and may recommend the use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications perhaps with help from a physiotherapist or chiropractor. Physical therapy from a physiotherapist or chiropractor may reduce muscle spasms, increase circulation and promote healing and may involve the use of cervical traction, moist heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and exercise.

Severe Injury

Severe injury is quite rare and most people recover fully within a period of a few months with some of the more vulnerable groups which includes the elderly and those with previous neck injury taking up to three years to fully recover. Radical forms of whiplash treatment are extremely rare however severe trauma can damage the intervertebral discs requiring surgical intervention which may be considered for those suffering from a tear in an intervertebral disc. If it becomes necessary to remove the disc spinal fusion to permanently join two or more vertebrae will provide permanent stability to the spinal column but may include the use of medically designed hardware such as rods and screws.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982