The Long-Lasting Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash, Car Accident, Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Neck Trauma, Head Trauma, Whiplash ReliefIt is a startling fact that whiplash can affect a person up to ten years or more after the initial accident. Some people never connect the health problems they are experiencing with the whiplash they never addressed such a long time ago. The reason for the problems they are having could be due to the fact that 68% of people that were diagnosed with whiplash eventually develop degeneration and deterioration of the spine.

What does whiplash do to the body? The force of the head moving back and forth causes damage to the muscles, bones, and ligaments contained in the neck. The area of the body where the spine and skull meet is called the craniocervical junction. When whiplash occurs, it is possible for a misalignment to happen here to the top two bones of the vertebrae. This is critical when treating whiplash, but is often overlooked during initial examinations. If a misalignment has occurred, it can cause the brain to not function properly.

The man that founded the MRI used this machine to examine the neck of those suffering from whiplash. He concluded that the flow of cerebrospinal fluid was, indeed, abnormal. This can eventually cause the person to show signs of neurological diseases, for example, multiple sclerosis.

How to Find Help

Upper cervical chiropractors focus their care on the misalignments found in the upper neck. If they find a misalignment does exist, they will work with each patient individually to determine the best way to treat the problem. They understand that a misalignment here is probably causing your brain and your body not to communicate properly and may be the root cause of your headaches and migraines. Whiplash patients that seek the care of upper cervical chiropractors report improved recovery time and long-lasting relief of symptoms. This results in a happier and healthier life.


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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct 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, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at

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