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Whiplash & The Nervous System

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After being involved in an automobile accident, whiplash is the most frequent type of injury commonly diagnosed by medical specialists.Ā 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.

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 whoā€™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.

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.

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Whiplash injuries commonly resulting after an automobile accident can result in numerous symptoms. The most commonly described symptoms for whiplash often include pain and discomfort on the neck as well as muscle soreness, irritation, and inflammation. Despite these symptoms, recent research shows that whiplash can alter the function of the central nervous system, causing hyperexcitability that could lead to further complications. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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