The Costs of Multiple Sclerosis
There are an estimated 400,000 people in the United States with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and there is another person being diagnosed with MS every hour. The worst part is that people are often diagnosed at an age of life when they feel the best.
Along with a $10,000,000 medical bill within the U.S., other costs to the individual MS patient include unemployment or underemployment, costs of assistive equipment, home modifications for accommodations of disability, and paid personal care.
A Multiple Sclerosis Study Though, there is a growing evidence to support the theory that Multiple Sclerosis is related to neck injuries, including a study by Dr. Erin Elster. This study identified subluxations in the upper neck due to head or neck trauma that resulted from the neural canal and resulting neuropathophysiology of 44 MS patients. 40 of the 44 patients saw improvements in their conditions, and none saw any progression of the disease.
According to Dr. Charles Poser, certain kinds of trauma to the brain or spinal cord, including whiplash may trigger new or recurrent symptoms of MS. That trauma to the central nervous system may alter the Blood-Brain-Barrier, which may be an underlying cause in the development of MS lesions.
Neck Pain Today
There is growing evidence that neurodegenerative conditions can begin from head and neck injuries including whiplash. So, while there is no way to know who will develop multiple sclerosis after a head or neck injury it is reasonable to say you increase your chances by ignoring your neck pain. It may just be whiplash today, but don't take the chance that it could develop into MS tomorrow.
Right now, the first thing you can do is seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, so the can examine your neck for any misalignments that might be hindering your brain from communicating with your body and make the necessary adjustments. That realignment of your upper neck vertebrae will allow your entire body to realign itself, thus reducing the chances of a diagnosis of MS or other neurodegenerative conditions months or even years later.
What to Do Next To find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area go to www.upcspine.com or if you are in the Boise Idaho area, just click the button to schedule an appointment.
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