Chronic Pain Video

Chronic Post-Whiplash: Tendinopathy as a source of chronic pain and neurologic symptoms

Jonas shares his story of his injury in 2015, part of his journey, and the first week of care with us.

When your body has time to brace or be aware of an impending rapid force injury, your muscles work to absorb as much force as they are able to. Once they reach their limit, the tendons experience acute injury. In the next several weeks the tendon does its best to repair, but the recovery is often inadequate or incomplete. If correct treatment is provided initially, it optimizes the potential for the tendons to heal optimally. If the tendons were unable to heal completely, then a chronic and slowly progressive tendinopathy occurs – where the body does its best to adapt and compensate for this through creating ‘abnormal’ muscle activation strategies which over time often become progressively more detrimental to the surrounding joints, nerves, and vessels.

After the first line of defense, active muscle engagement – has reached its capacity, the remaining force transmits through the bones and also into the ligaments.

When tilting of C1 is visible with motion (flexion and/or extension) and not resolved with specific upper cervical adjusting or a rehab program, potential causes of C1 tilting with flexion or extension are tendinopathy of the obliquus capitis superior and/or inferior, the levator scapulae and the intertransversarii.

On occasion, a ‘butterfly effect’ happens, where other scapular or lower neck and chest tendons cause the levator scapulae to tug abnormally, contributing to tilting of C1 and causing upper cervical related symptoms.

Please always consult with your physician to determine the correct course of action for your individual care or for that of anyone else. These videos are meant to be educational in nature and not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.

Please connect with us-