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Pain Research and Management
Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 40-43

Chronic Pain and Whiplash Associated Disorders: Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention

Dennis C. Turk

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Copyright © 2003 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One fundamental concept common to the rehabilitation of chronic pain patients is the understanding that patients with complex pain problems are best served by a team of specialists with different health care backgrounds. This approach to the management of chronic pain, especially as the result of a motor vehicle accident and associated whiplash, is addressed. Also described is a anxiety-based model and the potential of this model to prevent chronicity.