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Acute and chronic whiplash disorders - A review
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Rehabilitation Medicine. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Medicine, Pain and Rehabilitation Centre.
2004 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, Vol. 36, no 5, 193-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: This review examines acute and chronic whiplash-associated disorders to facilitate assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for further research and evidence-based practises. Design: A review of the literature. Results and conclusion: Whiplash-associated disorders account for a large proportion of the overall impairment and disability caused by traffic injuries. Rarely can a definite injury be determined in the acute (or chronic) phase. Crash-related factors have been identified, and several trauma mechanisms possibly causing different injuries have been described. Most whiplash trauma will not cause injury, and the majority of patients (92-95%) will return to work. Litigation is not a major factor. Cognitive impairments are not the same as brain injury. Variables such as pain intensity, restricted motion, neurological symptoms and signs, together with central nervous system symptoms can be used to predict a situation with risk of remaining complaints. Influences of other factors - the same as for other chronic pain conditions - also exist. Persistent/chronic pain is not merely acute pain that persists over time, changes occur at different levels of the pain transmission system. Chronic whiplash-associated disorders are associated with problems concerning social functioning, daily anxieties and satisfaction with different aspects of life. Adequate information, advice and pain medication together with active interventions might be more active in the acute stage. Early multidisciplinary rehabilitation focusing on cognitive-behavioural changes might be of value. To develop specific treatment and rehabilitation, it is important to identify homogenous subgroups.

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2004. Vol. 36, no 5, 193-210 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23213DOI: 10.1080/16501970410030742Local ID: 2625OAI: diva2:243527
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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