Whiplash - What Influences Recovery?
People vary so much in their response to injury such as whiplash. Trying to figure out what it is that determines how well people are going to recover is important.
If we can spot the people who are likely to turn out badly we can target our techniques and resources to try and minimise this group.
That way we can reduce the number of people who have long term pain and disability.
What Happens At The Time Of Injury
The Effect Of Past Factors On The Outcome
People who get crashed into are not all fine and without pain before the event. We all have our own problems and health difficulties and they affect how well we respond to injury and how well we recover in the end.
If you have some of these problems before the event, it is possible your recovery and long-term outcome could be affected for the worse. These cases need more input and supervision to do well.
Factors After Whiplash Which Affect The Outcome
The effects of whiplash are very varied. I have heard people say they had a bit of a stiff neck for a few days, while others say they had horrendous pain and disability which lasted for months or more. There are a few factors after the event which make a worse outcome more likely.
The Risk Factors For Problems After Whiplash
People of all kinds have whiplash. They have different ages, physical conditions and medical histories. They may have pain conditions already in other areas of the body or in the neck. This at least partly accounts for the huge variation in how things turn out. Knowing the factors that are important before, during and after the event helps figure out the interventions which are appropriate at the right times.