What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a generic term that is used to describe an injury to the neck from a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from a car accident. It can also happen in contact sports or due to a fall from a height.

What is WAD?

WAD stands for Whiplash Associated Disorders. The Quebec Task Force grades WAD from 0 to 4 based on patient symptoms and physical findings. Refer to Appendix C of this document for a detailed description.

What are common symptoms from WAD?

Pain in the neck and back, radiating pain to the shoulders and arms, tingling and numbness, pins and needles in the arms and legs and headaches are some common complaints. Dizziness and Jaw pain are sometimes present.

How can the physiotherapists at Acadia help you?

Your Physiotherapist can help manage the pain and inflammation during the acute stage of the injury. They will help you to regain your flexibility, strength, conditioning and balance and enable an early return to preaccident function. Click here  to find out what Physiotherapy entails.

Why do some people have symptoms several months after?

A small percentage of patients continue to experience symptoms for a long time. There is no single explanation that accounts for everybody’s chronic pain. Some common elements found in chronic WAD are signs of nerve injury, subtle brain injury, psychological distress and altered nervous system processing. A detailed assessment is necessary in every case to identify causal factors and tailor a treatment approach accordingly.

How is chronic WAD treated?

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