- Neck strength and range of motion were not predictive of poor prognosis following whiplash trauma.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) is a variety of clinical symptoms that may develop following a whiplash injury.
The objective of this systematic review was to update and summarize the role of objective measures of neck physical function (PF) or self-reported measures of PF that have been used in prognostic research following a whiplash injury. It also aimed to synthesize and assess the overall quality of evidence on the predictive ability of these factors for neck pain and disability in individuals following a whiplash injury.
High levels of catastrophizing and other mental health comorbidities have been found to impact the prognosis of people with whiplash associated disorder.
- This systematic review was done following guidelines from Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses (PRISMA), the Cochrane Back Review Group guidelines, and the Cochrane handbook.