‘WAD Is It All About - Whiplash & Associated Data Explained’

Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) is one of the commonest injuries following a motor vehicle collision (MVC), yet it remains one of the most complex and controversial disorders often with little or no hard objective clinical findings or radiological abnormalities.

In this webinar, Emergency Consultant Dr. Jim Gray commences by outlining the anatomy and mechanism of how WAD might occur. He then goes on to elaborate on the various correlation factors to try and tease out some of the reasons why is it that one MVC victim goes on to develop chronic symptoms while another develops little or no symptoms, given very similar MVC mechanisms.

References to current medical literature and international statistical data on claims and soft tissue injuries are utilised by Dr. Gray to compliment his talk, as well as a review of the current requirements outlined in the proforma of the Injuries Board (IB) in relation to WAD.

Topics Covered In This Webinar

  • Overview of WAD
  • Basic anatomy of the neck and cervical spine
  • WAD pathophysiology
  • Associated symptoms including:
  • cervicogenic headache
  • secondary tension headache
  • shoulder pains
  • radiating back pain
  • WAD terminologies explained
  • Quebec Task Force (QTC) score
  • Correlation factors influencing severity and duration of WAD symptoms including:
  • pre-morbid personality
  • secondary gain
  • tertiary gain
  • societal expectations
  • malingering and others
  • does severity of impact correlate with severity of WAD symptoms?
  • IB proforma and WAD - current requirements
  • Summary, key points and take away messages.
  • And much more…!


Dr. Jim Gray is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine (EM). With extensive experience having worked in EM in both the UK and Ireland, he is a medico-legal expert in all aspects of injury and trauma.

Graduating in Medicine at TCD in 1996, Dr Gray trained initially gaining Surgical Membership and Associate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2001 followed by higher training in the UK gaining a Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in 2006.

He returned to Ireland in 2006 taking up an EM Consultant post at Tallaght University Hospital and completed the Post–Graduate Diploma in Forensic and Legal Medicine at UCD in 2012. Dr. Gray currently works as an EM Consultant at the University Hospital Limerick Group.

He lectures and attends courses and conferences regularly keeping abreast of current trends, clinical practice and continuing professional development. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in EM as well as a Lead Examiner for the RCEM in London, UK.

Dr James Phelan Gray MB, BCh, BAO, BA, AFRCSI, DFLM, FRCEM

IMC No: 019926.

Category of CPD: Category A (General)
Duration: 1 Hour


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