Content not quantity is a better measure of muscle degeneration in whiplash

Elliott, James M., Kerry, Roger, Flynn, Timothy and Parrish, Todd B. (2013) Content not quantity is a better measure of muscle degeneration in whiplash. Manual Therapy, 18 6: 578-582. doi:10.1016/j.math.2013.02.002

Author Elliott, James M.
Kerry, Roger
Flynn, Timothy
Parrish, Todd B.
Title Content not quantity is a better measure of muscle degeneration in whiplash
Journal name Manual Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-689X
Publication date 2013-12-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2013.02.002
Volume 18
Issue 6
Start page 578
End page 582
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Abstract Whiplash associated disorder (WAD) represents an enormous economic, social and personal burden. Five out of 10 people with WAD never fully recover and up to 25% continue to have moderate to severe pain-related disability. Unfortunately, clear and definitive reasons as to why half of individuals with WAD recover uneventfully and the other half do not, remain elusive. Identifying the factors that can reliably predict outcome holds considerable importance for not only WAD, but arguably for other acute musculoskeletal traumas. The precise pathology present in WAD has been controversial and often biased by outdated models. Fortunately, a combination of new measurement technology that illuminates pain processing, physical and social functioning and post-traumatic stress responses (and possibly markers of altered muscle size/shape/physiology) is providing a clearer picture of the multisystem pathophysiology in individuals with persistent WAD. The aim of this professional issues paper is to illuminate the clinical and research communities with regards to the growing body of knowledge for determining the trajectory of a patient with whiplash.
Keyword MRI
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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