Whiplash rehab in half-hour physio session

A team from the George Institute and the University of Queensland randomised into two groups 172 people who had chronic, unresolved whiplash for at least three months. 

The first group had 20 one-hour tailored and supervised exercise sessions over a 12-week period. The second had a single meeting with a physiotherapist where they were supplied with an education booklet and instructions on how to complete the exercises on their own. They also had two follow-up phone call consultations.

Both groups reported similar levels of pain – 5.5 and 5.9 on a scale of 10 – at the start of the study. The patients were followed up at 14 weeks, six months and 12 months when the percentage who reported being pain free in the comprehensive exercise group was 7.4%, 4.1% and 7.9% compared to 6.6%. 4.2% and 4.1% in the single session group. Secondary clinical measures, such as spine flexion, extension and rotation showed no significant differences.

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