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Road Traffic Trauma/Whiplash Associated Disorder

RTA WhiplashRoad traffic accidents are commonplace and frequently result in injury which can lead to months of pain and reduced function (this may be work related, sporting or day to day).   Early intervention is an important factor in reducing pain and restoring function.  Physiokinetic have extensive experience in the management of all types of injuries related to RTA’s including whiplash.  If you think you may be suffering with a whiplash injury or other injury following a road traffic accident and would like more information, please contact us on 0121 440 7736 or email

Whiplash in the News

Whiplash injuries have been in the national news consistently over the past few years.  This is mainly as a result of increasing car insurance premiums which are rising in part due to the number of insurance claims made for personal injury.  The Association of British Insurers estimates that one in every 140 adults make an insurance claim for whiplash in the UK every year.  The cost of personal injury claims increased over the last decade from £7billion to £14billion.  This is in spite of the number of road accidents involving personal injury having fallen since the mid 1990’s.  

In January 2012, the House of Commons Transport Committee blamed the spiralling costs on insurers, solicitors and case management companies that encourage people involved in road accidents to make insurance claims.  There have been subsequent calls for increased thresholds of injury for making claims in addition to new legislation calling for more rigorous medical evidence of an injury and its impact before compensation is paid.  The very existence of the injury has come into question.

The consensus among physiotherapists is that Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) exists but that psychosocial factors (including compensation claims) can exacerbate the problem and therefore must be taken into account when assessing and managing these injuries.  

Physiokinetic is committed to the best evidence based care and therefore utilises the latest research (see references below) as well as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines in order to guide its management of WAD.  We also use outcome measures such as the Neck Disability Index in order to provide evidence of symptoms during the treatment process.


Lamb S, Gates S, Williams M, Williamson E, Isa S, Wither E, et al.  Emergency department treatments and physiotherapy for acute whiplash: a pragmatic, two step, randomised controlled trial.  The Lancet 16 February 2013 (Vol. 381, Issue 9866, Pages 546-556)

Lamb S, Williams M, Willaimson E, Gates S, Withers E et al.  Managing Injuries of the Neck Trial (MINT): a randomised controlled trial of treatments for whiplash injuries.  Health Technol Assess 2012;16(49).

Moore A, Jackson A, Jordan J, Hammersley S, Hill J, Mercer C, Smith C, Thompson J, Woby S, Hudson A (2005)  Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD).  Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, London


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