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Research Article

Early mobilization of acute whiplash injuries.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 292 doi: (Published 08 March 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;292:656
  1. K Mealy,
  2. H Brennan,
  3. G C Fenelon


    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).