Whiplash - When am I Going to Get Better ?
Here's the thing, some people recover quickly from a whiplash injury, some recover slowly and some never recover.
If you've suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident you are no doubt interested in when exactly you'll get better. After all, the doctor at the emergency ward said, " .. don't worry you'll be ok in a few weeks."
The place to start is to understand that recovery rates vary quite substantially between injured people. Age, sex, force of impact, the position of your head at the time of the accident, whether or not you have any pre-accident arthritis. These are merely a few factors that having a bearing on your potential rate of recovery from a whiplash injury.
What does the research show regarding recovery rates from whiplash injuries ?
There's an excellent article in the December 2011 issue of " Spine" entitled; " Toward Optimal Early Management After Whiplash Injury to Lessen the Rate of Transition to Chronicity". This article indicates that latest research shows :
"... 50% of individuals recover from pain and disability within 3 to 6 months of injury but the remainder will continue to report symptoms up to 1 to 2 years or longer after the motor vehicle crash. Of those who do not recover, between 30 % and 40% are likely to have persistent mild to moderate levels of pain and between 10% to 20% will have moderate to severe pain symptoms..."
So as you can see, there's no easy answer to your question.
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