So what does the evidence thus far tell us regarding management options for WADs?

  • Patient re-assurance ++
  • Pain Education
  • Maintenance of activity levels, but not too much
  • General exercise program
  • Specific exercise programs focusing on neck and shoulders
  • Encouragement of coping strategies
  • Simple analgesics


In reality, here is a quote from this 2015 systematic review,


“Currently, therefore, there is no evidence of an effective intervention for acute WADII management.”

 Sorry, wish I had better news to pass on to you!

Reference: Wiangkham T et al The Effectiveness of Conservative Management for Acute Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) II: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 21;10(7):e0133415.

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