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2022 May 30

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Evaluation of implementation and effectiveness of neck-specific exercise for persistent disability and pain after whiplash injury: study protocol for a randomized controlled study using a hybrid 2 design.


Persistent pain and disability in whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) grades II and III are common. In two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of neck-specific exercises (NSE), we have seen promising results in chronic WAD, with a sustained clinically important reduction in pain and disability. NSE can also be delivered through internet support (NSEIT) and a few visits to a physiotherapist, saving time and cost for both patients and providers. NSE have been shown to have positive effects in other neck pain disorders and we will evaluate the diffusion of the exercises to other patients. The aims of the proposed study are to evaluate an implementation strategy for NSEIT and NSE in primary health care and to evaluate the effectiveness of NSEIT and NSE in clinical practice.