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Steps to take care of your whiplash injury include:
You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then slowly resume your usual activities.
Do not perform activities that involve heavy lifting or twisting of your back or neck for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins. After 2 - 3 weeks, slowly begin exercising again. A physical therapist can help you decide when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do them.
Other steps that may help your neck pain improve are:
Call your doctor if:
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