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Similarities between Whiplash and Achilles Tendonosis

Similarities between Whiplash and Achilles Tendonosis - El Paso Chiropractor
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Research has discovered that individuals with whiplash-type injuries may share various characteristics of those with Achilles tendonosis, offering further insight into possible new treatment options for chronic whiplash symptoms. The study analyzed the tendons of individuals with whiplash-associated disorders and found signs of pathological neovascularization, or the development of blood vessels in abnormal tissues, comparable to what has been found in individuals with Achilles tendonosis.

According to researchers from Umea University in Sweden and Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida, the findings guarantee that identical treatments which successfully treat Achilles tendonosis may be just as effective towards treating whiplash injuries.

Whiplash injuries occur when the body is inflicted with a tremendous force that causes the head to jerk in a back-and-forth motion, resulting in damage or injury to the ligaments, tendons, and other complex structures of the neck, or cervical spine. A whiplash injury can sometimes create tiny micro tears in the tendons of the neck which can cause tendonosis. Tendonosis should not be confused with tendonitis, which simply refers to the inflammation of tendons due to acute injury or repetitive strain injuries.

Although many individuals are able to recover from their injuries in a couple of weeks, a majority of them often suffer from continuous symptoms. Researchers then analyzed whether studies of Achilles tendonosis could offer insight into the causes behind the chronic symptoms of whiplash.

The research conducted to examine the symptoms of chronic pain in the Achilles and patellar tendons demonstrated the presence of high blood flow in the more painful areas of the tendons. Additionally, later studies revealed that these particularly painful tendons showed the characteristic similarity of blood vessel growth in abnormal tissues. Through the study, researchers also determined that injections of anesthetics into these vessels could provide temporary symptom relief.

The researchers from Umea University in Sweden utilized the same imaging techniques used in the Achilles tendonosis studies to determine changes in the tendons of individuals who suffered from whiplash injuries during auto collisions. Individuals with whiplash showed more areas with high blood flow, and the blood flow was intensified at each examined region. Areas of high blood flow were evident where the tendons entered into the bone. In the study, women with whiplash were more likely to have more areas of high blood flow than men, evidence that may suggest why there’s higher rates of whiplash injuries in women.

If you’ve experienced a whiplash-type injury as a result of an automobile accident, it’s important so seek immediate medical attention to help prevent the development of chronic whiplash symptoms tied to tendonosis and muscle damage or injury. Chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies and massages, as well as exercise rehabilitation can ultimately help heal the damaged and/or injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other structures of the neck or cervical spine after whiplash-associated disorders.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez



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