Whiplash trauma produces forces within the cervical spine that damage the supporting ligaments and soft tissue that are responsible for normal joint motion. Each joint in the neck houses millions of mechanoreceptors whose job is to relay information to the back part of the brain to maintain normal posture against gravity. When an injury occurs, joint motion is reduced, which results in the abnormal firing of the joint mechanoreceptors. This can cause a cascade of abnormal postural influences causing postural imbalance resulting in spinal cord irritation and interference. Dr. Dan Murphy out of the San Francisco bay Area has written numerous articles regarding whiplash and its global aberrant effects it can have on the central nervous system. (2,3,4) There are numerous case studies in the literature that indicate correcting upper cervical spine injuries, with manual correction can correct the underlying cause of trigeminal neuralgia. (5,6)
Medical Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment
Current medical treatment is focused on pain alleviation NOT LOCATING CAUSATION. Medicine is looking to manage symptom which doesn’t ask the question why is this happening. With that said painkillers, seizure medications and other psychiatric drugs have produced relief in a percentage of cases.
- The first line of treatment is medication.
- The drug of choice is carbamazepine (Tegretol™), which eliminates or brings acceptable pain relief in 69 percent of patients.
- Baclofen (Lioresal™) is the second drug of choice and may be more effective if used with low-dose carbamazepine.
- Next, we will discuss a little-known procedure that has been found effective at helping the body heal from TN.