Research has discovered that individuals with whiplash-type injuries may share various characteristics of those with Achilles tendonosis, offering further insight into possible new treatment options for chronic whiplash symptoms. The study analyzed the tendons of individuals with whiplash-associated disorders and found signs of pathological neovascularization, or the development of blood vessels in abnormal tissues, comparable to what has been found in individuals with Achilles tendonosis.
The research conducted to examine the symptoms of chronic pain in the Achilles and patellar tendons demonstrated the presence of high blood flow in the more painful areas of the tendons. Additionally, later studies revealed that these particularly painful tendons showed the characteristic similarity of blood vessel growth in abnormal tissues. Through the study, researchers also determined that injections of anesthetics into these vessels could provide temporary symptom relief.
The researchers from Umea University in Sweden utilized the same imaging techniques used in the Achilles tendonosis studies to determine changes in the tendons of individuals who suffered from whiplash injuries during auto collisions. Individuals with whiplash showed more areas with high blood flow, and the blood flow was intensified at each examined region. Areas of high blood flow were evident where the tendons entered into the bone. In the study, women with whiplash were more likely to have more areas of high blood flow than men, evidence that may suggest why there’s higher rates of whiplash injuries in women.
Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C.,C.C.S.T’s insight:
After being involved in an automobile accident, it’s important so seek immediate medical attention to help prevent the development of chronic whiplash symptoms tied to tendonosis and muscle damage or injury. Chiropractic care can ultimately help heal the damaged and/or injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other structures of the neck or cervical spine after whiplash-associated disorders. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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