The Long-Term Affects of a Whiplash Injury

When an injury or accident causes damage to the connective tissue around the spine, the result is weakness that can lead to many problems. For example, torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments may result in the discs or joints being worn down.

At an upper cervical chiropractic office, it turns out that many patients have a car accident in their history, and it doesn’t have to be recent history. Sometimes the damage has occurred 15 years ago or even longer ago. In fact, it is often possible to figure out how long ago the damage occurred based on the extent of the degeneration.

With this in mind, is it possible to prevent arthritis of the spine by counteracting such degeneration early on? Let’s look at how upper cervical chiropractic can affect degenerative disc disease.

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Preventing Arthritis of the Spine

According to one professor at UCLA, it only takes seven years for significant degeneration to occur. Obviously, it is important to take care of spinal problems as soon as possible. It is clear from the research that the injuries are connected to spinal arthritis. Further research showed that multiple injuries sped up the process.

Dr. Tymothy Flory is an upper cervical chiropractor in Upland, California. Dr. Flory can evaluate your upper cervical neck for misalignments that could be causing degenerative damage. Since the longer the misalignment exists, the worse the damage gets, it is important to get evaluated after an injury.

Even if you experienced an injury 10 or 15 years ago, it is better to correct the problem now than to wait another 10 or 15 years. Realignment may be able to prevent spinal arthritis by stopping the degeneration before it gets any worse.

Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. 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.


The Cervical Spine-The Cervical Spine Research Society, Lippincott, 1989 Mason Hohl, MD Professor of Surgery/Orthopedics, UCLA Medical Center Page 440