Patients diagnosed with Whiplash Associated Disorders (WADs) are frequently seen by healthcare providers who all claim to offer “THE BEST” management to help in their recovery. Sadly as of 2023, despite hundreds of RCTs, there is no known “BEST” single strategy.
However, we do know that certain interventions that promote passive coping skills, potentially increase the risk of developing chronic disability associated with their WAD. We also know that promoting active coping skills and assurance of recovery are potentially beneficial and reduce the risk of developing long-term disability.
Regrettably too often both clinicians and patients are adamant about the “find it & fix it” model of treating WADs which seems to be quite ineffective and arguably harmful for some.
This systematic review summarizes it really well by stating, “An individual’s experience with neck pain is a multidimensional phenomenon in which physical, psychological, and social dimensions influence each other.” – Miatrello et al 2022 Systematic Review
This course aims to discuss how healthcare providers such as physiotherapists can best incorporate this multi-dimensional approach to care.