Whiplash

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What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck causing neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, usually because of sudden extension and flexion as commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident.

Common symptoms reported by people with whiplash

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with whiplash

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
3
Tried for
whiplash (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) whiplash (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)

Data from patients with whiplash, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with whiplash

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drug dependence
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
brain zaps constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fibromyalgia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
whiplash (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2) whiplash (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with whiplash, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has whiplash on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 10
30s 30
40s 51
50s 53
60s 31
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 17
20-29 years 28
30-39 years 23
40-49 years 9
50-59 years 7
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 98
Not Diagnosed 10

These charts show data from whiplash patients who have completed their condition history
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