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Neck Strain (cont.)

Follow-up

It is important to follow up with your doctor for recommendations for proper rehabilitation of a neck strain. This is particularly important for older people in whom the healing process is often prolonged where underlying medical conditions require monitoring. Physical therapy as a core part of rehabilitation can be very beneficial.

Typically, for an uncomplicated neck strain, follow-up should be within two weeks, or at your discretion, unless symptoms warrant otherwise.

  • For motor vehicle crash victims, earlier follow-up is recommended, within one week of the accident.
  • Immediate follow-up should be sought for any unbearable symptoms or any unexpected progression or worsening of your condition. Go to a hospital's emergency department if necessary.
  • Follow-up should also occur for medical clearance to return to work and for all people requiring prescription medication for pain relief.

Most doctors instruct people to contact them immediately for any new or worsening symptoms or symptoms that won't go away or, in fact, any concerns that you can't resolve on your own. If you do not have a regular doctor and are unable to find one, you should seek help at the hospital's emergency department for any unexpected or constant symptoms. The primary goal for people and their doctors is always early and complete recovery.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/20/2014

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