Acute pain presentations

Acute neck pain following a car accident

Liam Ring



Education, advice to maintain usual activity and neck exercises are the best approach to managing patients with whiplash-associated disorders.

Article Extract

Tania, a 33-year-old woman, presents to your suburban general practice requesting a medical certificate for sick leave from her part-time job as an accountant. She is wearing a soft immobilisation collar and complains of severe neck pain following a motor vehicle accident a week ago. Her previous medical history is unremarkable.

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