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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.

From: Neck Strain and Whiplash WebMD Medical Reference

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, , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.




Expert Guide to Sports MedicineThe Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

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, , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.




Expert Guide to Sports MedicineThe Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

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