- The most important thing to do after a motor vehicle accident is to seek adequate pain relief early
- The most consistent predictor for poor outcome is severe initial pain
- Recent Australian data indicates that up to 60% of people may still have neck pain 6 months after their injury
- Research has found that people with ongoing symptoms may have changes in muscle function of their neck and shoulder girdles. They may have balance disturbances, decreased awareness of where and how the neck moves (proprioception) and increased sensitivity to a variety of stimuli including pressure (touch), light vibration, heat and cold. These sensory changes not only occur on the neck but also in remote areas such as the shin.
Lynette from BAP, has worked with the world leading whiplash research team at the University of Queensland for several years and understands how to assess and best manage whiplash to enable the best possible rehabilitation and recovery.