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I have decided to do a series of blogs on what happens to the brain, brain stem, spinal cord and structures of the spine in a whiplash type injury and how Upper Cervical Care is so effective at restoring normal function to the body.

An injury to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is commonly referred to as “whiplash”. During such an injury, neck ligaments and muscles can be sprained or strained and vertebrae can be misaligned. While the term “whiplash” is most frequently used to describe auto accident injuries (in which a person is rear-ended, hit head-on, or hit from the side), whiplash can also frequently occur during ski accidents, bike accidents, falls, blows to the head, concussions, and other head/neck traumas.

Auto accidents are also the most common cause of closed head injuries due to acceleration/deceleration of the brain.  The brain is a soft structure confined in a non-yielding body structure the skull.  The mechanism of injury is either a shearing of axons or impact of the brain against the bony skull.  The rapid acceleration and deceleration seen in whiplash can often result in closed head injuries.

MINOR HEAD INJURIES CAN RESULT IN LONG TERM COMPLAINTS SUCH AS HEADACHES, DIZZINESS, VISUAL DISTURBANCES, FATIGUE, SLEEP DISTURBANCES, DIFFICULTY WITH CONCENTRATION, AND PERSONALITY CHANGES, ETC.

Whiplash has been shown with or without head contact with an object to be the most common cause of post-concussion syndrome as well.  The cognitive defects in whiplash victims, characterized by headaches, fatigue, dizziness, poor concentration, sensitivity to light, difficulty with processing and  attention.  These brain injuries are often overlooked in whiplash patients.

Following the whiplash accident, symptoms can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop. The purpose of upper cervical chiropractic care is to reverse the trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby reducing irritation to the nerves in the brain stem and spinal cord that can trigger pain and other symptoms. After an accident, an upper cervical examination utilizing Laser-aligned Radiography and Digital Infrared Imaging is necessary in each individual’s case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from upper cervical care can be achieved.


References:

www.erinelster.com

www.drlicata.com

CROFT A.: WHIPLASH AND BRAIN INJURIES 1992

BARNAT, M.R.: POST-TRAUMATIC HEADACHE PATIENTS.  HEADACHE 1986

 RADANOV, B.P., ET AL: COGNITIVE DEFICITS IN PATIENTS AFTER SOFT TISSUE INJURY OF THE CERVICAL SPINE.  SPINE 1992

ZUMSTEG, D. ET AL: WHIPLASH AND CONCUSSION. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES 2006

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Oceanside Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com

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