Whiplash (Neck Sprain)


The pain of whiplash is often hard to ignore. The symptoms may include:

  • Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck. The muscles may feel hard or knotted.
  • Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward.
  • Tenderness.
  • Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead.
Tests to diagnose: 

X-rays of the cervical spine may be performed to rule out other spinal problems or injuries.


The treatment includes:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), will help with pain and swelling.
  • Heat therapy to relieve muscle tension and pain
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Range of motion exercises and physical therapy

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