Are GPs hanging on to outmoded whiplash treatment options?

FOUR out of five GPs believe that physical manipulation is an appropriate first-line treatment for whiplash after a motor vehicle accident, a study shows.

The authors say, however, that guidelines say manipulation is not evidence-based.

The researchers say a survey of GPs has identified knowledge gaps in treatment of people injured in road traffic crashes, of whom two-thirds are seen in primary care.

Most GPs say they would welcome further education and training on management of such injuries.