Whiplash and Upper Cervical Care 

 November 27, 2013

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Atlas AxisMechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – The following blog post is not my own.  It so full of relevant information and good examples I figured I would just repost it.  It can be found here if you’d like a look at the source blog:

“If you are like many others that have been in a car accident at some time in your life, but thought that “I’m not in pain anymore” or “I was fine” or “it was just a fender bender”, think again. There are 3 million new whiplash injuries per year. 35-50% of those people will never fully recover and 14% of them will become disabled. This is pretty significant. Most people that I see in my clinic have had a motor vehicle accident at one time or another in their lifetime. Some of them have had some real doozies, while others deny that they were affected by an accident that happened so long ago. Some report that they walked away without any problems or pain. Then 7-10 years passes and these folks start complaining of problems: arthritis, headaches, neck and back pain, neurological problems like vertigo, etc. The presence or absence of pain right after an accident is not indicative of damage done to the upper neck structures. Only a 10 MPH collisions is equivalent to catching a 200 lb. bag of cement from a 2nd story window! (Much of this information was taken as notes during a recent NUCCA conference address by an upper cervical doctor and whiplash specialist, Dr. Scott Rosa, DC from New York.)

If you pay attention to the following information, you might be able to save yourself from a world of hurt. Upper cervical chiropractors are the best suited, in my opinion, to helping people deal with the underlying damage done from whiplash injuries. Car crash injuries have gone up 284% since 1984 because of changes made to cars to make them “safer”, like more rigid seat backs and stiffer frames. When there’s a collision, there are forces involved that get either absorbed in the car, or you. If the car is more rigid, then it gets absorbed into you, translating into whiplash damage that tears ligaments and structures in the neck, especially the upper neck, which is not as protected. These injuries can create a whole host of problems and compensations into the rest of the spine and body that negatively affect our health. The injury mechanism occurs when the neck is forced into an S-shaped curve during impact in just milliseconds of time. **I’m going to get a little technical here. The lower neck hyperextends, and the upper neck flexes. Whiplash is like getting hit from the front and behind by 2 football players at the same time, all within 150 milliseconds. This causes tearing damage to the upper cervical ligaments (like the posterior atlantooccipital membrane, the posterior atlanttoaxial ligament, the alar ligament, and others). This damage is usually overlooked by most radiologists looking at the MRIs because they fail to pay attention to the craniocervical junction (where the skull and the neck meet). Also, the best views to see such damage are usually not utilized (you need upright MRI and coronal and axial views of this region to see most of the damage). Another problem shown on MRI and CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) flow studies is the cerebellar tonsils that dip down in to the foramen magnum in many whiplash victims. These cerebellar tonsils can “choke” the spinal cord and impede the flow of nerve signals and cerebral spinal fluid from circulating properly. This is called Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia (CTE). Some of you might have heard about Arnold Chiari malformations, which, along with whiplash injuries, can be a factor in CTE. According to Dr. Scott Rosa, It is 4 times more prevalent to find CTE with someone that has had a whiplash. Dr. Rosa is in the middle of publishing a scientific study with pre and post-MRIs to show how upper cervical techniques will actually remedy the misaligned atlas, return the normal CSF flow and also how the cerebellar tonsils will get “sucked” back up after a correction, restoring normal neurological and CSF flow.”

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Dr. Tripp Stover

Stover Chiropractic, P.C. –  Real. Simple. Healthcare.




We are located at 9097 Atlee Station Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23111.  This is a Hanover county address, but we are minutes from Glenn Allen, Innsbrook, Sandston, and Varina.  We also serve many people from King William and New Kent Counties.  Our close proximity to I295 means we are very easy to reach from anywhere in the Richmond Metro area.  Contact us: 804-559-1100

NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.
This article is of the opinion of its author.
Before you do anything, please consult with your chiropractor or medical doctor.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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