Cervical Mobility Predicts Disability

Whiplash may result in chronic, long-term symptoms in certain trauma victims known as Late Whiplash Syndrome.  Predicting which segment of the whiplash population is a useful tool early on in the care of the traumatically injured whiplash victim.  A recent study by Kasch et al. (2001) showed that long term handicap after whiplash injury is predictable by measuring neck mobility in a standardized manner.  The accuracy of this assessment was increased by the addition of clinical assessment.  The sensitivity of this type of testing was 73% and 91% respectively.  Accurate and valid scientific testing of range of motion in the cervical spine is a MANDATORY part of the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan for whiplash victims.
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