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How long does it take for whiplash to get better?

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It depends on how serious your whiplash is. Most cases go away in a few days. Others take weeks or longer. Everyone heals at a different rate.

Once the first symptoms of neck strain are gone, your doctor will probably want you to start rehabilitation. This will make your neck muscles stronger and more limber. It will help you recover and reduce the odds of straining your neck again in the future.

Be patient and don't try to do much before your neck strain is healed. You could end up with chronic neck pain and permanent injury.

SOURCES:
American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Concussion in Sports." 
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: "Neck Strain." 
Centers for Disease Control web site: "Facts about concussion and Brain Injury." 
Davis, M.F., et al, Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 
Rouzier, P., The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on August 2, 2020

SOURCES:
American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Concussion in Sports." 
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: "Neck Strain." 
Centers for Disease Control web site: "Facts about concussion and Brain Injury." 
Davis, M.F., et al, Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 
Rouzier, P., The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on August 2, 2020

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