Attention Deficit and Whiplash – Could There Be A Connection?

It has long been believed that there is a connection between brain injuries and wiplash in Ashburn and Loudoun County residents that can be displayed in ways such as attention deficit. There has always been some question, though, as to whether these symptoms are actually caused at the time of the whiplash injury, or are simply a result of the pain that often accompanies whiplash.

There are two differing views – both of which have research and studies to back their belief. The first view is that the patient is experiencing these psychological symptoms as a result of the chronic whiplash pain. Most times, when the neck or back pain in Ashburn patients and others was reduced or alleviated, other symptoms, such as ADD or depression, also disappeared.

However, the second camp believes that brain scans show brain abnormalities in patients who have undergone whiplash injuries. The whiplash motion is thought to cause an injury to the spine, which in turn can cause the psychological symptoms.

Studies have been performed to get to the root of this problem – is there really a connection between symptoms such as attention deficit and whiplash?  Could the whiplash injury actually contribute to memory problems, or is it simply because the patient is in such pain that it is causing them to experience additional psychological effects?

Clinically, over half (54%) of the whiplash patients studied also exhibited memory problems. Slightly under half (46%) also showed some problems with divided attention (or an inability to focus on one thing).

Whiplash Can Cause More than a Sore Neck

It is important to understand that the neck and back pain of wiplash patients here in Ashburn and Loudoun County can cause far more than just a sore neck, whether it’s a whiplash injury or an actual injury to the spine. If you have been in an accident where your neck was subjected to the whiplash motion (a sudden forward jerking – often followed by a backward jerking), please seek professional help from a chiropractor with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating whiplash symptoms, including obvious pain and hidden injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles that can painfully surface months or years later. There could be many factors to take into consideration. These should all be discussed with your trusted chiropractor.


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