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Posted on 04-03-2012

The treatment recommended for whiplash injury varies widely among health care practitioners. Perhaps partly as a result of a relatively large body of existing junk science literature, there are many who believe that whiplash injuries do not occur or that they do not benefit from any type of treatment. In emergency rooms around the country, common advice is to go home, apply an ice pack, take anti-inflammatory medication, and to consult with the family doctor if symptoms persist beyond two weeks. Unfortunately, this advice is probably responsible for at least some of the more than 30% of whiplash victims who never fully recover or the 10% or more who become disabled.  Rational therapeutic intervention during that initial two weeks can greatly reduce the likelihood of long-term symptoms. 

For more information about whiplash, visit http://srisd.com/consumer_site/ .

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