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Neck Strain (cont.)

Follow-up

It is important to follow up with a 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 the patient's 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 one's 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.

People with neck strain and new or worsening symptoms or symptoms that won't go away should contact their doctor. If one does not have a regular doctor and is unable to find one, seek help at the hospital's emergency department for any unexpected or severe symptoms. The primary goal for people and their doctors is always early and complete recovery.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/27/2015

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