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Evidence-Based Assessment of Acute Whiplash for Prognosis and Treatment Planning

presented by James Elliott, PT, PhD and David Walton, PT, PhD, FCAMPT

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This course will break down the challenge of whiplash, including topics such as its incidence, cost, trajectory, and presentation. You will review the mechanisms that influence clinical presentation and recovery as well as the clinical assessment and evaluation procedures. Dr. Walton and Dr. Elliot will review screening for red flags, key interview questions, clinical tests, appropriate use of diagnostic imaging, recommended self-report questionnaires and outcomes. You will also cover what is known about the factors that influence recovery from acute WAD, and how clinicians can use this information for prognosis-based treatment programs.

Meet Your Instructors

James Elliott, PT, PhD

James (Jim) Elliott (@elliottjim) completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) at UQ's Centre for Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health and the Centre for Advanced Imaging. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine and the principal…

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David Walton, PT, PhD, FCAMPT

David Walton (@uwo_dwalton) completed his BScPT in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1999, MSc in Neuroscience in 2001, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science from Western in 2010. Following a combined 10 years of clinical practice, he is now Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. The Challenge of Whiplash

Chapter one of this course will cover the current estimates of annual incidence, costs, anticipated recovery and the wide spectrum of signs and symptoms associated with whiplash.

2. Initial Clinical Evaluation and Screening Procedures

Mr. Walton will provide an appropriate step-by-step guide to assessment, evaluation and screening in acute WAD, with a focus on screening for red flags and risk factors for chronicity.

3. Detailed Mechanical, Neural and Cognitive Evaluation

Chapter three will cover how to use key patient-reported outcomes/cognitive screening tools and Mr. Walton will demonstrate clinical assessment procedures.

4. Establishing a Prognosis

Mr. Walton will describe current best knowledge on conventional imaging applications within the biomedical model and provide foundational evidence for advanced, but available, imaging applications within the context of the heterogeneous whiplash condition.

5. The Why, When, and How of Diagnostic Imaging for WAD

The final chapter of the course will go over current evidence on prognosis in acute WAD and provide information on consistent factors that predict chronic problems as well as highlight those that don’t appear to be predictive.

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