Does Head Trauma Cause Multiple Sclerosis?
by Dr. Marc
This is a question that has been proposed by Dr. Erin Elster, DC who has also published an article about 81 Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis patients undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and their outcomes.
Interesting information is brought up in her research. Almost all of the patients undergoing care has had a history of whiplash or head trauma!
Even in my own treatment of patients who have MS they also have had a history of whiplash or trauma to the head or neck that might have induced a whiplash injury. In correlation with this information is how remarkably an MS patient responds to IUCCA Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Care in reversing the whiplash injury and improvement with MS symptoms.
While the link between MS and brain, neck, or spinal cord injuries has never been formally proven, many believe this to be factual. Some professionals suggest that the precise impact to the central nervous system, through whiplash, concussion, or similar trauma, will either cause MS to develop or once subtle symptoms to worsen. Some researchers believe that trauma to the central nervous system may alter the blood-brain-barrier, which many consider to be a critical step in the formation of MS lesions (plaques). Other researchers have recognized through MRI the relationship of cervical (neck) spinal cord injury and the formation of MS plaques.
More and more health care practitioners are documenting cases of MS diagnosis after trauma. Practitioners state that after treating individuals for neck or head trauma, perhaps after auto or sports accidents, some are diagnosed with MS soon after. In addition, medical professionals are noting that patients already diagnosed with MS have exacerbations following a new traumatic event. There are some practitioners who believe that the problem is isolated in the neck; that the cervical vertebrae become dislodged or misaligned by trauma, which can interfere with the central nervous system. There are also those who state that correcting neck injuries may reverse the advancement of the disease.
More research is needed to determine the causal factors for Multiple Sclerosis. Until then, there are a variety of treatments and support systems available for patients that are only a search engine away. If you have questions or concerns about this illness, please discuss them with your health care professional.
(Editor's note: Remember the objective of upper cervical care is to correct head neck misalignment that is interfering with proper brain to body communication. When this is corrected the body functions at a higher level and can often correct other problems more efficiently on its own. Please do not confuse upper cervical care as a treatment for any condition, disease or symptom.)