Whiplash Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on November 17, 2022

See a doctor. Or go to a hospital emergency room if:

  • Pain occurs after an injury or accident.
  • Neck pain radiates down the arms or legs.
  • Pain is accompanied by headaches, numbness, tingling, visual changes, nausea or weakness.


  • Immediately after an injury, it's helpful to apply ice to the site of the pain. Later, some people find relief by applying dry or moist heat to the area.


  • When the person is lying down, place a small pillow under the nape of the neck to align head and neck.
  • Treatment may include a cervical collar, muscle relaxants, exercises, or physical therapy.