This issue of Scandinavian Journal of Pain presents a study by Styrke and colleagues on the long-term effects of whiplash trauma . The authors describe the complexity of persisting problems after trauma to the neck as well as the methodological difficulties in studying the heterogeneous patient group afflicted with the problems.Neck pain has likely been present throughout the history of mankind due to the precarious construction of the human frame in an upright position, with a proportionally large and heavy head perched upon a relatively weak neck.The problem became endemic with the introduction of mechanized transport, first by train and then passenger car, with the first report on whiplash trauma published in 1867 . Currently, one will find more than 3300 papers on PubMed using “whiplash” as a search criterion, but, despite such research efforts, in some respects we are still fumbling in the dark. In this editorial we present some thoughts about why, nearly 150 years after the first published article, we are still searching for answers about fundamental questions concerning “whiplash”; such as what it is, and what can be done about it.1The neck is a complex structurePart of the explanation for ongoing controversy in our understanding
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Oct 1, 2014
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