Surgery for chronic symptoms after whiplash injury. Follow-up of 20 cases

Acta Orthop Scand. 1993 Dec;64(6):654-6. doi: 10.3109/17453679308994591.


20 patients operated on with discectomy and anterior cervical fusion because of chronic symptoms after whiplash injury were examined 4 years after surgery. The commonest indications for surgery were disabling headache and neck pain and radiographically verified disc protrusion. At follow-up, 11 patients had reduced headache and neck pain, while paresthesia and radicular pain were diminished in 9 patients. Based on Robinsson's criteria for the evaluation of surgical results, 2 patients had good, 9 had fair and 9 had poor results.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Diskectomy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Whiplash Injuries / surgery*