TORU projects

Whiplash Study

Do you have Whiplash?
We are conducting a study about whiplash and we need your help.

Injuries to the neck following whiplash injury are one of the most common causes of chronic neck pain and disability in the developed world but diagnosis is difficult because there is no 'test' to identify it.

The purpose of this study is to investigate a previously unexamined structure in the neck which might show damage after whiplash. If this structure proves to be a good marker of how severe the injury is it might enable clinicians to better predict the severity of the injury and provide more effective treatment in the future.

How are we doing this?
We are measuring three groups of people: acute whiplash, chronic whiplash and no whiplash. From the information we collect we will determine whether our MRI measurement can predict which group the person came from. We are also collecting other data to make sure that the MRI measurements are better than existing questionnaires or physical measures.

What we need?
We are seeking people between the ages of 18-29 who have sustained a neck injury after a motor vehicle accident. Acute patients, for the purposes of this study, are defined as those who sustained their injury < 2 weeks previously. Chronic patients are defined as those who injured their neck between 12 weeks and 3 years.

What will I have to do?
One visit to Canberra Hospital for range of movement measurement, pain thresholds and 3 simple questionnaire instruments. If you fit the study criteria then you will be asked to book in for an MRI at Canberra Imaging Group at Deakin at a time that suits you.

Why Canberra Imaging Group at Deakin?
This practice has a state-of-the-art 3 Tessler scanner and were able to offer the best flexibility and in terms of time for booking. They are a well respected Canberra imaging provider with modern facilities and very friendly staff.

Who are we?
The lead investigators are:
Dr Alexandra Webb (ANU),
Prof Graham Buirski (TCH and ANU),
Prof Paul Smith (TCH and ANU),
Dr Diana Perriman (TCH and ANU)
Assoc Prof Lars Uhrenholt (University of Aarhus, Sweden),
Dr Terry Neeman (ANU)
Dr Mike Hall (TCH)

If I'm interested what should I do?
Sent an email to Diana Perriman at the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit at the Canberra Hospital on diana.perriman@act.gov.au or call 62443701 if you would like more information.