Whiplash, Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Neck InjuryWhiplash is something that may stick with you long after a car accident. The name for whiplash comes from the motion of cracking a whip that happens typically after a rear end auto accident.

Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 5 mph1 and distort the bones in the neck from the proper position.2 68% of people in accidents experience damage and degeneration to the spine.3 Once you have whiplash it is difficult to recover as patients experience the symptoms for as long as 5-10 years.3 The condition can leave long lasting affects as it can damage the muscles in the neck, the ligaments that maintain proper position of the bones, and overall brain function.

A new way of detecting the long lasting effects that go unnoticed in whiplash is being tested. Typically after the initial incident a CT scan of the head is ordered to rule out any bleeding of the brain, yet many patients still have difficulty with concentration, hearing, vision, and memory.

Now a blood test is being performed screening for a protein that may predict recovery times. Patients with a higher level of this protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) have been show to recover quicker than patients with lower concentrations in their blood stream.4 BDNF is crucial in the recovery of brain and nerve tissue. While this discovery helps diagnose the condition, it does not manage the primary condition.

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Dr Tymothy Flory in Upland, CA helps whiplash patients get natural relief, as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor focusing on maintaining the proper alignment of the upper neck. This method using exact testing to ensure that the Atlas (C1) bone is proper aligned at the base of the skull and top of the neck. If the Atlas is misaligned the brain cannot receive the proper information to function and heal properly.

Research has shown that whiplash patients under chiropractic care have an average recovery time of 29 weeks.3 It has been proven when the spine is properly aligned after a whiplash type injury pain, muscle strength, range of motion, and neck alignment improve.

If you have just had a whiplash injury or are suffering years later, having the neck alignment examined by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is a proven and reliable method for natural neck pain relief.

If you are in the Upland, California area then contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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.


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  2. Deans GT,Magalliard JN,Rutherford WH.Incidence and duration of neck pain among patients injured in car accidents. British Medial Jouranal 1986;292:94-95.
  3. McCoy HG, McCoy M. A multiple parameter assessment of whiplash injury patients undergoing subluxation based chiropractic care: a retrospective study. JVSR. 1997;1(3):51-61.
  4. Johns Hopkins Blood Test Predicts Prognosis for Traumatic Brain Injuries. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/blood_test_predicts_prognosis_for_traumatic_brain_injuries (accessed 28 August 2015).