Recovery time for whiplash depends on the severity of the injury. Some
whiplash cases can resolve in a couple of days, while others might take
weeks or even months to heal. When injured muscles and tendons lose their
strength, a doctor might recommend physical rehabilitation to aid in making
the injured area more flexible. It’s important to remember that
each person recovers at their own rate. With this in mind, it is impossible
to determine an exact recovery timetable for both the injury and rehabilitation process.
Psychological Impact on Recovery
Psychological factors like positive expectations for getting better can
impact whether or not a person will promptly recover from whiplash. According
to researchers, the level of pain three weeks after a whiplash injury
is "the single most important predictor of who recovers in a timely
manner." Studies have shown that on a 10-point pain-scale, those
who rate their pain as 5 or less are more likely to recover faster than
those experiencing greater pain.
With the right treatment plan, medical attention, and recovery time, your
whiplash injury will begin to heal. It’s important to follow the
treatment regimen recommended by your doctor. Some treatments include:
Icing Your Neck: Reduces swelling and pain
Prescription Medication: Can help manage inflammatory pain and assist with rest & recovery
Neck Brace or Medical Collar: Provides support so the neck heals without additional strain
Massage or Moist Heat: Can be used after a few days of icing if the pain persists
Why You Should Hire an Attorney
If your whiplash is the result of an accident, you might be entitled to
financial compensation or monetary damages. An experienced personal injury
attorney can help you through the legal processes involved with your claim.
At Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, we take pride in our professional
and courteous service that has helped our many clients move on from their
injuries and get back to their normal lives.
Call (845) 340-4878 today to learn how our team of Kingston personal injury
lawyers can help with your case!