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.