Whiplash: facts at your fingertips

AS GPs we are statistically likely to see a diabetic or hypertensive patient on any busy day in practice.

But according to the 2014 General Practice Activity in Australia report we will only see a patient with a “neck symptom or complaint” in 0.8% of consultations, with a history of whiplash representing only a small fraction of these already infrequent encounters.

When I first entered general practice in the 1980s this was one of the biggest current issues for the medical profession — the need to have mastery over an impossibly diverse range of health issues at a time