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Home Wellness Research Injury (Including Motor Vehicle) Rear-End MVA's Have Long Term Impact on Neck and Shoulder Pain

Rear-End MVA's Have Long Term Impact on Neck and Shoulder Pain

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:25
Neck pain is the most frequently reported feature in connection with whiplash injury, but it is also a common complaint in the general population. To determine whether exposure to a rear-end collision, without or with whiplash injury, is associated with future neck or shoulder pain, a cohort study was conducted. Claim reports were collected from the period November 1987 to April 1988. Drivers exposed to a rear-end collision were divided into two subgroups, without reported whiplash injury (n = 204) and with reported whiplash injury (n = 232).

A questionnaire concerning neck or shoulder pain and other subjective health complaints was mailed to all the study subjects at follow-up in 1994, 7 years after the rear-end collision. In drivers with reported whiplash injury, the risk of neck or shoulder pain 7 years after the collision was increased nearly three-fold compared with that in unexposed subjects.

Berglund A, Alfredsson L, Cassidy JD, Jensen I, Nygren A   The association between exposure to a rear-end collision and future neck or shoulder pain: a cohort study   J Clin Epidemiol 2000 (Nov);   53 (11):   1089-1094