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Tailored physiotherapy effective for whiplash says CSP

CSP press release published on 4 April 2014

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) responds to a whiplash study published in The Lancet.

Commenting on today’s study in The Lancet (‘Intense exercise treatment is no better than simple advice and self-directed exercise at reducing pain from chronic whiplash’) Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Professor Karen Middleton said: 

“Early access to expert advice from physiotherapists is vital to a good recovery for whiplash patients. Physiotherapists welcome this new study as it adds to the wide range of evidence into the treatment and management of the condition.

"Whiplash is a complex condition which requires a tailored approach depending on the severity of the injury suffered and the individual circumstances of the patient.

"While today’s study indicates that for some a single session of physiotherapy  and  advice may be sufficient, other patients will take longer to respond and recover and will require more intense monitoring and treatment over a longer period in order to prevent extended disability. 

"The Lancet research is timely as the CSP continues to work with the Ministry of Justice cross industry working group on whiplash reform to advise on reducing both the number and cost of inappropriate whiplash claims.  This saves time and money ensuring those patients who need treatment receive it faster.”

For further media information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, senior media adviser, on 07917 091200 or Laura Boyd, PR and social media officer, on 07766 994141.

Notes to editors

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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