The development of sensory hypoesthesia after whiplash injury

Chien, Andy, Eliav, Eli and Sterling, Michele (2010) The development of sensory hypoesthesia after whiplash injury. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26 8: 722-728. doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e3181f096ac

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Author Chien, Andy
Eliav, Eli
Sterling, Michele
Title The development of sensory hypoesthesia after whiplash injury
Journal name Clinical Journal of Pain   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-8047
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/AJP.0b013e3181f096ac
Volume 26
Issue 8
Start page 722
End page 728
Total pages 7
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Objectives: (1) To investigate the development of hypoesthesia from soon after the whiplash injury to 6 months postinjury and (2) to determine differences in detection thresholds between those with initial features of poor recovery and those without these signs.
Methods: Fifty-two participants with acute whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) (<1 mo) were classified as either "high-risk" (n=17; Neck Disability Index >30; sensory hypersensitivity) or "low risk" (n=35; without these signs). Detection thresholds to electrical, thermal, and vibration stimuli and psychological distress were prospectively measured within 1 month of injury and then 3 and 6 months postinjury. Detection thresholds were also measured in the 38 controls.
Results: Both WAD groups showed hypoesthesia (vibration, electrical, and cold) at 1 month postinjury. Vibration and electrocutaneous hypoesthesia persisted to 3 and 6 months only in the high-risk WAD group. Heat detection thresholds were not different between the groups at 1 month postinjury but were elevated in the high-risk group at 3 and 6 months. Both WAD groups were distressed at 1 month but this decreased by 3 months in the low-risk group. The differences in the Impact of Event Scale did not impact on any of the sensory measures.
Discussion: Sensory hypoesthesia is a feature of acute WAD but persists only in those at higher risk of poor recovery. These findings suggest the involvement of the central inhibitory mechanisms that may be sustained by ongoing nociception.
© 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Keyword Whiplash
Quantitative sensory testing
Sensory hypersensitivity
Sensory hypoesthesia
Quebec Task-force
Pain thresholds
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes DOI not working; Received for publication February 17, 2009; revised November 26, 2009; accepted December 7, 2009

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