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Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, and pain and muscle spasms in the shoulders and arms.

You can treat whiplash by taking painkillers and continuing everyday activities. Do not use a neck brace or rest your neck for long periods.

Whiplash treatment from a doctor includes strong painkillers. You may be referred for physiotherapy, psychological support or to a pain specialist.

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden movement of the head. It usually gets better within 2 to 3 months.

Page last reviewed: 03/01/2023
Next review due: 03/01/2026