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DIZZINESS AND UNSTEADINESS FOLLOWING WHIPLASH INJURY: CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES AND RELATIONSHIP WITH CERVICAL JOINT POSITION ERROR

doi: 10.1080/16501970306109

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Dizziness and/or unsteadiness are common symptoms of chronic whiplash-associated disorders. This study aimed to report the characteristics of these symptoms and determine whether there was any relationship to cervical joint position error. Joint position error, the accuracy to return to the natural head posture following extension and rotation, was measured in 102 subjects with persistent whiplash-associated disorder and 44 control subjects. Whiplash subjects completed a neck pain index and answered questions about the characteristics of dizziness. The results indicated that subjects with whiplash-associated disorders had significantly greater joint position errors than control subjects. Within the whiplash group, those with dizziness had greater joint position errors than those without dizziness following rotation (rotation (R) 4.5 (0.3) vs 2.9 (0.4); rotation (L) 3.9 (0.3) vs 2.8 (0.4) respectively) and a higher neck pain index (55.3% (1.4) vs 43.1% (1.8)). Characteristics of the dizziness were consistent for those reported for a cervical cause but no characteristics could predict the magnitude of joint position error. Cervical mechanoreceptor dysfunction is a likely cause of dizziness in whiplash-associated disorder.

Authors:

Julia Treleaven A1, Gwendolen Jull A1, Michele Sterling A1
A1 Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia



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Volume 35, Issue 1

DOI: 10.1080/16501970306109

Pages: 36-43

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