An exceptional medical resource for all professions involved in the management of whiplash patients
Whiplash is one of the most debated and controversial musculoskeletal conditions. This is, in part, due to the often compensable nature of whiplash injuries and the fact that a precise pathoanatomical diagnosis is not usually achievable.
Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice presents the evidence underpinning the complexity of whiplash associated disorders (WADs).
This ranges from the specifics of current physiological and psychological manifestations of whiplash to broader issues such as compensation and litigation.
This new medical textbook turns the spotlight on whiplash injuries and makes essential reading for anyone involved in the management whiplash patients.
This includes physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, occupational therapy and health psychology practitioners and postgraduate students, as well as practitioners in rehabilitation therapies and primary care.
• discrete chapters on litigation and the role of compensation in whiplash injuries
• case studies on acute and chronic whiplash conditions
• covers the spectrum of the current evidence base for whiplash
• includes perspectives from a wide range of disciplines
• an invaluable resource for clinicians and policy makers alike
Structure of the book
Chapter 1 Epidemiology of whiplash associated disorders
Cumulative incidence of and risk factors for WAD
Course and prognosis of WAD after a motor vehicle crash
An epidemiological approach to aetiology
The economic burden of WAD
Chapter 2 Clinical presentation of whiplash associated disorders
Patterns of recovery
Physical and psychological characteristics
Classification systems for WAD
Chapter 3 Mechanism of injury
Head–neck kinematics: global and segmental
Influencing factors for injury potential
Chapter 4 The evidence for pathoanatomical lesions
Pathomechanics of whiplash injury
Pathological lesions in whiplash injury
Chapter 5 Pain-processing mechanisms in whiplash associated disorders
Mechanisms for post-injury central hyperexcitability
Evidence for central hyperexcitability in chronic WAD
Evidence for central hyperexcitability in acute WAD and in the transition to chronicity
Relationships between sensory hypersensitivity and psychological distress
Implications for clinical management of whiplash
Chapter 6 Neuromuscular dysfunction in whiplash associated disorders
Changes in the properties of the cervical muscles
Altered neuromuscular control in WAD
Implications for the management of the patient with whiplash
Chapter 7 Dizziness, visual and sensorimotor control disturbances following whiplash injury
Aetiology of dizziness, visual disturbances and sensorimotor control
Disturbances in whiplash associated disorders
Signs and symptoms of sensorimotor disturbance following a whiplash injury
Implications for assessment
Implications for management
Chapter 8 Psychological aspects of whiplash associated disorders
Accident-related psychological factors
Catastrophising and kinesiophobia
Attributions, beliefs and expectations
Chapter 9 Potential role of stress systems in the pathogenesis of whiplash associated disorders
Sympathetic nervous system
Current research needs and future research directions
Chapter 10 Prognostic indicators of non-recovery following whiplash injury
Prognostic factors for non-recovery
Prediction of outcomes other than pain and disability
Chapter 11 Primary care management of acute whiplash injury
Current evidence for the management of acute WAD
The provision of advice and education
Is pain control important?
Physical characteristics of acute WAD and implications for management
Psychological characteristics of acute WAD and implications for management
Early multidisciplinary management
Chapter 12 Evidence-based management of chronic whiplash associated disorders
Evidence base for management of chronic whiplash
Evidence for physical interventions
Evidence for psychological interventions
Evidence for medical interventions
Implementation of evidence in clinical practice
Chapter 13 Psychological management of chronic whiplash associated disorders
Theory-derived psychological interventions
Remaining issues and future prospects
Chapter 14 Compensation and health outcomes
Compensation and related concepts
Compensation: empirical considerations
Health: the concept and its measurement
Chapter 15 Whiplash and the law
The test for compensability
Canadian Transport Accident
Chapter 16 Malingering and symptom magnification in whiplash
Why study malingering in the area of whiplash?
What is meant by ‘malingering’?
Approaches to detection of malingering
Differential diagnosis of psychological disorders where symptom production or magnification is a feature
Empirical studies of malingering and symptom magnification in pain
A decision-making template for possible and probable malingering
Chapter 17 Case descriptions
Case description 1: acute whiplash
Case description 2: acute whiplash
Summary of cases 1 and 2
Case description 3: chronic whiplash
Chapter 18 Future directions
Do some patients have a pre-existing risk of developing chronic pain after whiplash injury?
Improving prognostic models
Identification of a peripheral lesion
- © Churchill Livingstone Australia 2011
- 18th February 2011
- Churchill Livingstone Australia
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Chief Investigator, CCRE Spine; Associate Professor, School of Medicine and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Associate Director, Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD); Director Rehabilitation Research Program (CONROD); Senior Lecturer, Division of Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
clinical health psychologist and Deputy Director of the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD), and Professor in Clinical Psychology a the School of Psychology
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