What Is The Prognosis?
It may take hours, or even days, for the pain from a rapid-motion neck injury to manifest, and symptoms can last for days, or even weeks. In most cases, this is considered a minor injury, and most people fully recover. Physicians often recommend immobilizing the neck in a brace to help with healing.
However, depending on the extent of the trauma, the effects of whiplash can linger for years, affecting a victim’s daily life. Side effects can include: severe headaches, vertigo, numbness, jaw pain, sleep disorders, memory loss, tinnitus, back and shoulder pain, and in extreme cases, even osteoarthritis. This chronic whiplash may need to be treated with prescription pain medications or antidepressants, physiotherapy, or alternative practices, such as acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and massage therapy.
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