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

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Structure of the book

Chapter 1 Epidemiology of whiplash associated disorders

Definitions

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

Summary

Chapter 2 Clinical presentation of whiplash associated disorders

Patterns of recovery

Physical and psychological characteristics

Classification systems for WAD

Conclusions

Chapter 3 Mechanism of injury

Head–neck kinematics: global and segmental

Injury theories

Injury metrics

Influencing factors for injury potential

Summary

Chapter 4 The evidence for pathoanatomical lesions

Introduction

Pathomechanics of whiplash injury

Pathological lesions in whiplash injury

Conclusion

Chapter 5 Pain-processing mechanisms in whiplash associated disorders

Introduction

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

Conclusion

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

Conclusion

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone Australia
Electronic ISBN:
9780729579469
Print ISBN:
9780729539463

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