Improvement in pain, function and working capacity after rehabilitation of a whiplash
Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are known to have major consequences for individual and public health. It is therefore important to be aware of factors that may optimise management and managemenet of WAD.
The intervention included group and individual physiotherapy. Interventions were medical training therapy (MTT, graded exercise), passive therapy modules, occupational therapy, creative therapy, neuropsychological treatment with group information about pain, individualized cognitive behavioral therapy and a test psychological setting.
The study showed that pain relief, improved physical function and working capacity were associated with each other. Improved coping (catastrophizing and ability to decrease pain as known from the fear avoidance model) and reduced depression may act as important predictors for pain relief and improved function.
It may therefore be advantageous for the management of WAD, that these factors are taken into account with regards to the management of WAD. > From: Angst et al., BMC Musculoskelet Disord 15 (2014) 130. All rights reserved to BioMed Central Ltd., distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
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