A herniated disc occurs when one of the soft, spongy discs that sit between each of the bones that make up the spine ruptures, causing the jelly-like center to push out through the tougher, rubbery exterior. When this happens, the part of the disc that has herniated can irritate the surrounding nerves, triggering symptoms associated with the condition.
In this newsletter, I will review 2 papers from different Journals. Together, these investigations define a common source of post-traumatic neck pain and then offer evidence that chiropractic management may be the most effective treatment for patients with chronic whiplash-associated neck pain.
One of the most frequent questions physicians are asked to opine on is how pre-existing degenerative changes in the spine affect the outcomes of patients suffering “Whiplash” injuries (aka acceleration/deceleration injuries).