Physiotherapy and management in early whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) – A review

Helén Lundmark and Ann L. Persson

The aim of this review was to examine which management physiotherapists in primary healthcare should provide patients with early whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) grades I–III, to minimize chronic pain and disability. The results of the review show the studies suggest that active intervention, and advice to “act as usual” is preferred and the use of a soft collar should be avoided in WAD grades I–III. The authors therefore conclude that an appropriate and effective physiotherapy in the early WAD management should comprise pain relief, home exercises to maintain cervical movement, posture and coping strategies to handle disability due to neck pain and outcome follow-up.

Advances in Physiotherapy, Volume 8, Number 3, September 2006, 98 – 105

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