With proper care, many mild whiplash injuries heal within six to nine months. More than 20% of those who suffer from whiplash injures continue to suffer from pain, weakness or restricted movement two years after their accident. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those people will continue to suffer from some level of disability or pain for many years after that, if not for the rest of their lives.
Whiplash is a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. The most effective treatment for whiplash inures is a combination of chiropractic care, rehabilitation of the soft tissues and following the home care instructions given to you by your doctor of chiropractic.
In some severe cases of whiplash, it may be necessary to have some medical care as part of your overall treatment plan. The most common medical treatments include the use of anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, trigger point injections and, in some cases, epidural spinal injections. These therapies should be used for short-term relief of pain. It is vital to reestablish the normal joint movement and stimulate healthy muscle repair.
Surgery may be needed in some cases of herniated discs, when the disc is pressing on the spinal cord, and in some cases of spine fractures.