Multiple sclerosis and a whack to the head: what’s the connection?

Multiple sclerosis and a whack to the head: what’s the connection?

Many people that been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis have a history of head or neck trauma prior to the onset of their symptoms.

Why is that?

The research may provide the answer.  Research exists that shows the correlation between upper neck injuries, head traumas and the onset of neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis.

Former WCA researcher of the year Dr. Erin Elster says “While the link between head trauma and the later development of Parkinson’s disease (PD) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS) remains controversial, many PD and MS researchers have confirmed the connection.”

“In a discussion regarding the possible role of trauma in the development of Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Charles Poser notes that “in some patients with MS, certain kinds of trauma (to the brain and/or spinal cord, including whiplash injuries) may act as a trigger at some time for the appearance of new or recurrent symptoms.”

New research coming out in the past few years related to changes in blood flow in patients with multiple sclerosis may be the key to understanding the condition.  The upper cervical research foundation is conducting studies looking at the connection between upper neck misalignments and decreased blood flow from the brain.   A pilot study has already shown decreased blood flow in a patient with migraine headaches.  And after an upper cervical correction the blood flow normalized.  A larger study is now being conducted to understand this loss of blood flow as a result of an upper neck misalignment.

Italian MS Researcher Dr. Paulo Zamboni found that more than 90% of people with MS have some sort of malformation or blockage in the veins that drain blood from the brain.

In A study conducted by Dr. Elster  with MS patients she found that over 90% of the patients receiving upper cervical chiropractic care responded with significant symptomatic improvement and no further disease progression over a 5 year period.

She also found that over 90% of the patients diagnosed with MS had experienced at least one significant head or neck trauma prior to the onset of their symptoms.

So does the head or neck trauma lead to a misalignment in the upper neck causing a malformation of the veins that drain the brain?  And does that malformation lead to multiple sclerosis?  Only time will tell.

But doesn’t it make sense to get your upper neck evaluated especially if you had a history head or neck trauma and you currently have MS?

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Dr. Kurt Sherwood, D.C. is Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. He is in private practice in Washington state in the city of Renton. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at

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2 Responses to Multiple sclerosis and a whack to the head: what’s the connection?

  1. Alison says:

    I came across your BLOG and believe I may be a patient at another one of your clinics – in Issaquah.
    This article is interesting to me. I’m wondering about whether any changes were noted in symptoms for patients with Parkinson’s Disease after receiving chiropractic care? Is there a point at which chiropractic treatment would prove futile, and if so, how is this determined? Do symptoms improve or stabilize with treatment? My father was diagnosed with PD.
    Thanks very much.


    • admin says:

      With Parkinson’s disease different people experience different symptoms. The classic symptom is the tremor.
      We also have cases that have severe muscular rigidity.
      Most of the cases we have worked with respond favorably to our NUCCA care. We have not had a case where the symptoms completely resolved, however many cases have had symptoms improve considerably.
      The office in Issaquah is my brother Dr Mark.
      We are not technically affiliated, other than the family bond!
      The NUCCA procedure we utilize is different than the procedure Dr Mark uses.
      Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Kurt Sherwood DC

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