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Early Mobilization of Acute Whiplash Injuries

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Tags: neck, head, exercise, head/neck, spine, self-treatment, treatment

Four articles on PainSci cite Mealy 1986: (1) Does Massage Therapy Work?(2) Mobilize!(3) The Complete Guide to Neck Pain & Cricks(4) The Art of Rest

PainSci notes on Mealy 1986:

From the abstract: “Results showed that eight weeks after the accident the degree of improvement seen in the actively treated [early mobilization] group compared with the group given standard treatment was significantly greater ....”

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

Acute whiplash injuries are a common cause of soft tissue trauma for which the standard treatment is rest and initial immobilisation with a soft cervical collar. Because the efficacy of this treatment is unknown a randomised study in 61 patients was carried out comparing the standard treatment with an alternative regimen of early active mobilisation. Results showed that eight weeks after the accident the degree of improvement seen in the actively treated group compared with the group given standard treatment was significantly greater for both cervical movement (p less than 0.05) and intensity of pain (p less than 0.0125).

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