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What happens if whiplash is not treated?

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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Chronic neck pain

Acceleration/deceleration injuries, such as seen in mvas, frequently cause inflammation to the cervical facet joints (joints of neck), which is the classic "whiplash" phenomenon.
Conservative care as previous mentioned should work for most, but when the pain persists, facet joint injections are extremely helpful as well as ligamentous trigger point injections into the areas of muscle spasms.

In brief: Chronic neck pain

Acceleration/deceleration injuries, such as seen in mvas, frequently cause inflammation to the cervical facet joints (joints of neck), which is the classic "whiplash" phenomenon.
Conservative care as previous mentioned should work for most, but when the pain persists, facet joint injections are extremely helpful as well as ligamentous trigger point injections into the areas of muscle spasms.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually nothing

Most cervical whiplash injuries are associated with transient neck discomfort and stiffness.
Usually a short course of over the counter nsaids help, along with gradual resumption of regular activities over 2 to 3 weeks. There are occasions when these injuries are associated with pain and/or weakness in the arm(s), and with continued neck pain. Those cases require speciality evaluation.

In brief: Usually nothing

Most cervical whiplash injuries are associated with transient neck discomfort and stiffness.
Usually a short course of over the counter nsaids help, along with gradual resumption of regular activities over 2 to 3 weeks. There are occasions when these injuries are associated with pain and/or weakness in the arm(s), and with continued neck pain. Those cases require speciality evaluation.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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