The role of physiotherapy in the treatment of whiplash associated disorders: a prospective study

R Amirfeyz, J Cook, M Gargan, GC Bannister

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Abstract

Objectives Prospective longitudinal study to evaluate the effect of physiotherapy on whiplash associated disorders (WAD). Materials and methods A total of 141 patients suffering from grades I–III WAD after a road traffic accident were employed. Validated neck Bournemouth Questionnaire was used in order to look at the effect of treatment on the symptoms. Results The mean age was 40 (±14) years. The mean length of the treatment was 6 (±3.4) weeks. The mean individual effect size was 0.97 (95% CI 0.8–1.2). A total of 67% of the patients who started their treatment in the first 3 months post-injury improved compared to 48% in those who started physiotherapy after 3 months (P = 0.025). In both groups the applied treatment almost halved the number of patients taken sick leave. Conclusion Physiotherapy is effective in the treatment of whiplash injury, especially in order to get the patients fit to go back to their previous employment.
Translated title of the contributionThe role of physiotherapy in the treatment of whiplash associated disorders: a prospective study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973 - 977
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Volume129(7)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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