Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are typically associated with motor vehicle accidents; however they can be brought about by any acceleration-deceleration force to the neck.
Recent guidelines have been developed by the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW to ensure that best standards of care are provided to individuals suffering from WAD. WADs need to be graded (0-IV scale) so that you can receive the most appropriate treatment.
A few points to be aware of
- X-rays are not always necessary
If there is no fracture or dislocation you should NOT wear an immobilisation collar or neck brace.
Simple analgaesics, such as paracetamol are recommended for use in the acute phase, but heavy duty painkillers are not recommended.
Manual therapy and spinal manipulation are evidence-based treatment options.
Assessments should be conducted at a minimum of seven days, three weeks, six weeks, and twelve weeks following the initial consultation
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and classify WAD, and to provide manual therapy and manipulative interventions. Your chiropractor will also provide you with range of motion exercises and gentle strengthening activities, and monitor your progress via physical examination, pain evaluation, and questionnaires.