A new study published in The Lancet in Australia has revealed that counselling could be just as effective as physiotherapy when it comes to reducing whiplash-related pain. Whilst in the past, physiotherapy has been shown to have a number of benefits for those suffering from whiplash, this new study, which involved 150 participants between 18 to 65 who had suffered from whiplash pain, revealed surprising results. The participants were split into two groups – half attended 20 one-hour physiotherapy sessions for 12 weeks whilst the other half attended one half-hour session with a physiotherapist, to read through educational materials about treating and coping with whiplash.
Gauging participants’ pain levels using a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most intense pain), the patients in the advice group rated their pain on average as 4.9 out of 10 whilst those in the physiotherapy group rated theirs as 5.5 out of 10. One year later these numbers dropped to 4.4 and 3.7 respectively. The results could save whiplash sufferers money on physiotherapy whilst giving them more control over their treatment but could also save the government a considerable amount of money when it comes to providing treatment for whiplash patients.
Are you suffering from whiplash?
Anyone suffering from whiplash knows how painful it can be. Usually occurring after a car accident, symptoms include tenderness, neck pain, headaches, stiffness and a reduction in neck movement which can be debilitating. The forward and backwards motion of the head and neck in a collision can damage the ligaments and tendons in the neck, and it could take between six and 12 hours for symptoms of whiplash to appear. Whilst whiplash usually gets better by itself, in some cases chronic whiplash can occur, where symptoms continue for six months or more. In these cases, physiotherapy or further treatment may be required.
Claiming compensation for whiplash injuries
If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have over experience in the personal injury compensation industry and have dealt with thousands of claims for whiplash-related injuries. You can trust us to provide you with a professional, personal service and we don’t charge a penny upfront. All our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee**’ basis. We are open 24/7 so call us today on our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and see how we can help you with your claim for whiplash.
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: May 10, 2014
Author: David Brown