Prognosis of Whiplash


About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Whiplash usually refers to the likely outcome of Whiplash. The prognosis of Whiplash may include the duration of Whiplash, chances of complications of Whiplash, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Whiplash, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Whiplash. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Prognosis of Whiplash: Good in most cases. Pain often dissipates within days, recovery usually within 3 months.
Prognosis for Whiplash: Generally, prognosis for individuals with whiplash is good. The neck and head pain clears within a few days or weeks. Most patients recover within 3 months after the injury, however, some may continue to have residual neck pain and headaches. 1
Complications: see complications of Whiplash

1. excerpt from NINDS Whiplash Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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