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Whiplash Associated Disorders- what are they? How are they managed?

Whiplash is an increasingly common condition and one where symptoms can prolong, sometimes lasting up to a year. Whiplash associated disorders is an umbrella term describe injuries sustained by a sudden acceleration-deceleration motion, most commonly from a motor vehicle accident.

Common symptoms:

-Neck pain is the most common





-Arm pain

There can also be associated disorders following whiplash such as PTSD, concussion, depression and anxiety.


Research is limited into the management of whiplash associated disorders. With a variety of symptoms and different severities of injuries, each case will be individualized and the management will be relevant to the presenting symptoms.

Exercises are advocated for a favourable outcome and patients/clients are encouraged to return to normal activities as soon as possible. It has been noted that those who start completing activities of daily living to some capacity in the acute stages, have a quicker recovery.

Physiotherapy treatment will focus on restoring full range of motion at the neck and shoulders as well as increasing strength of the surrounding soft tissues. Pain management and education on managing your symptoms and activity level are also vital in a favourable outcome.