Exercise therapy for whiplash-associated disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Review written by Dr Julia Treleaven info

Key Points

  1. Neck muscle specific exercises may be beneficial for pain and disability in whiplash associated disorders (WAD).
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Exercise therapy is thought to be useful for those with whiplash associated disorders (WAD), but the evidence can be conflicting and variable (1,2). The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of exercise therapy on neck pain and disability as well as quality of life (QOL), psychological well-being and work capacity in those with WAD.

Exercise therapy is thought to be useful for those with whiplash associated disorders.
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Clinicians should consider the individual presentation of their patient and be mindful of the myriad of factors that might affect response to exercise in whiplash-associated disorders.

METHODS

  • To be included in this review, studies were only considered if they were a randomized controlled trial considering any type of exercise therapy compared to control, waitlist, placebo, or other therapeutic interventions. The study included all classifications of WAD apart
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