Context: The present thesis deals with the physiotherapeutic aspects of whiplash-associated disorders. First, psychological and physical symptoms and certain combina-tions of those which hold a risk of chronification are discussed. These include headache, fearfulness/anxiety, neck pain, depressive mood, sleeping problems, back pain and jaw pains. Second, the relevance of early physiotherapeutic intervention is illustrated. This literature review points out that by means of proofed assessments, physiotherapists can recognize symptoms that carry risks in the first phase after a whiplash and plan the ther-apy accordingly. Twelve studies, predominantly RCT´s and cohort studies dealing with the chronification of the symptoms, were analyzed. Main attention was paid to the as-sessments used by different research groups.
Main results: In this thesis it was shown that the most commonly used assessments were pain scales (Visual Analog Scale and Numeric Rating Scale). Further, the Range of Motion (ROM) and the Neck Disability Index (NDI) were relevant as well.