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The Different Grades of Whiplash

The Different Grades of Whiplash

Whiplash refers to an injury to the neck resulting from a rapid stop and go event, such as a motor vehicle accident, that may result in bony or soft-tissue injuries.

Whiplash can manifest in multiple ways and has been categorized depending on the signs and symptoms present.

Here are the different grades of whiplash

A Grade I Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD I) refers to a disorder in which a person complains of neck pain, stiffness or tenderness only.

A Grade II Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD II) once again refers to a disorder in which a person complains of neck pain, stiffness or tenderness, but these complaints are accompanied with reduced neck range of motion.

A Grade III Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD III) involves a neck complaint in combination with neurological signs such as muscular weakness, abnormal sensation and lack of or reduced reflexes.

A Grade IV Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD IV) involves a neck complaint accompanied with a fracture or dislocation involving the bones or joints in the neck.

With the variety of ways in which a whiplash-associated disorder can present, it is important that treatment be personalized to each and every patient in order to maximize results and minimize chronic long-standing negative outcomes.

The inter-disciplinary approach utilized at Core Health Care Don Mills allows us to address any joint restriction, muscular tightness and imbalance as well as any other problems affecting a patient’s function and ability to participate in daily activities.

Combining therapies such as Massage Therapy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy allows for more complete management, maximizes therapeutic response and increases rate of recovery so that you can take back control of your life and health.

Have you ever had whiplash before? If so, what grade would you compare it to?

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