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The Effects of Whiplash on the Nerves

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After being involved in an automobile accident, whiplash is the most frequent type of injury commonly diagnosed by medical specialists. In the majority of whiplash cases, individuals describe experienced a wide variety of symptoms, in addition to neck pain, headaches, back pain and all around widespread pain. The common symptoms associated with whiplash are most often misdiagnosed and, as a result, the auto injury is generally not treated at the source but, recent studies have found a possible reason behind the chronic symptoms of whiplash.

Whiplash, is a term used to describe a rapid, sudden back-and-forth movement of the head as a result of an unmeasurable force, usually from an auto collision. During the trauma from whiplash, the tissues surrounding the neck become overly-stretched, causing irritation and leading to inflammation and other complications around the cervical spine. Although the most common symptoms for this type of injury appear to be mostly spinal or muscular complications, the nervous system is also largely affected by whiplash.

Over the past couple of years, various studies have found that whiplash injuries can cause hyper excitability of the central nervous system, otherwise known as the peripheral nerves. A team of researchers conducted a meta-analysis and systematic review of 27 different trials, analyzing the connection between whiplash and the central nervous system dysfunction. Hyper excitability refers to an excessive reaction to stimuli, in this case, the peripheral nerves are altered, often presenting a variety of symptoms leading to other peripheral nerve hyperexcitability disorder syndromes and further complications. The researchers concluded that there is compelling evidence pointing to central hyperexcitability in individuals who’ve suffered from chronic whiplash. In fact, these changes in the central nervous system could potentially make people with whiplash type injuries more sensitive to other types of pain.

If you’ve experienced chronic whiplash symptoms after an automobile accident however, chiropractic care can help relieve and restore the regular function of the structures surrounding your cervical spine, including central nervous system damage or injury. Through chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulation, a chiropractor can gradually treat your whiplash injury. Because spinal adjustments can soothe oversensitive nerves, chiropractic care can be a potentially effective treatment for whiplash to effectively ease pain and nerve hyperexcitability.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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