Whiplash - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729539463, 9780729579469


1st Edition

evidence base for clinical practice

Authors: Michele Sterling Justin Kenardy
Paperback ISBN: 9780729539463
eBook ISBN: 9780729579469
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 18th February 2011


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.

Key Features

• 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

Table of Contents

Contributor list

Reviewer list




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

Injury theories

Injury metrics

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




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About the Author

Michele Sterling

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Justin Kenardy

Affiliations and Expertise

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