Sensory hypersensitivity occurs soon after whiplash injury and is associated with poor recovery

  • Sterling M
  • Jull G
  • Vicenzino B
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Abstract

Hypersensitivity to a variety of sensory stimuli is a feature of persistent whiplash associated disorders (WAD). However, little is known about sensory disturbances from the time of injury until transition to either recovery or symptom persistence. Quantitative sensory testing (pressure and thermal pain thresholds, the brachial plexus provocation test), the sympathetic vasoconstrictor reflex and psychological distress (GHQ-28) were prospectively measured in 76 whiplash subjects within 1 month of injury and then 2, 3 and 6 months post-injury. Subjects were classified at 6 months post-injury using scores on the Neck Disability Index: recovered (

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  • Hypersensitivity
  • Quantitative sensory testing
  • Whiplash

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