Anatomical distribution of musculoskeletal disorders following a road traffic collision in litigants presenting to physiotherapists within a private-clinic in North-East England

Sewell, Jennifer, Dixon, Cheryl, Morris, Rosie and Stuart, Sam (2019) Anatomical distribution of musculoskeletal disorders following a road traffic collision in litigants presenting to physiotherapists within a private-clinic in North-East England. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 35 (9). pp. 873-883. ISSN 0959-3985

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2018.1459986

Abstract

Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common following a road traffic collision (RTC) in England. Establishing the anatomical distribution of MSDs following RTC that present to physiotherapists may improve understanding and clinical practice. This study examined anatomical distribution of MSDs that present to physiotherapists within a litigant population following a RTC in England.

Methods: A retrospective review of physiotherapy records was conducted at a private practice in North-East England. Data were collected from 2105 patients between January 2014 and December 2015. The primary outcome was anatomical regions with MSDs. Descriptive data is reported.

Results: Overall, 90% of patients presented with a neck/upper back disorder, while 52% presented with a lower back disorder. Of the assessed patients, 46% presented with one MSD, 45% presented with two MSDs while 9% presented with ≥3 MSDs. Further analysis showed that those who presented to physiotherapy later and were not motor vehicle occupants (MVOs) were more likely to have upper-limb, lower-limb, or lumbar MSDs. Younger patients, who presented sooner and were non-MVO were more likely to have multiple regions affected by MSDs.

Conclusions: This study presents epidemiological evidence that MSDs following a RTC occur primarily in the neck/upper back or lower back regions, and that multiple MSDs are common.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: distribution, low back pain, musculoskeletal disorders, physiotherapy, road traffic collision, whiplash associated disorder
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 16:10
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:14
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41435

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