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Are measures of physical function of the neck region associated with poor prognosis following a whiplash trauma? A systematic review
- Neck strength and range of motion were not predictive of poor prognosis following whiplash trauma.
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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.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents.
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.