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Can Spinal Trauma Trigger MS?

July 28, 2016

More medical researchers are documenting cases of MS diagnosed subsequently with spinal trauma, and there is common thought that this is not simply a coincidence.

While the link between spinal trauma and MS onset has never been formally proven, many researchers believe this to be factual. Some scientists suggest that the precise impact to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) through whiplash, concussion or similar trauma will either cause the onset of MS or an exacerbation of existing symptoms.

Researchers believe that this type of trauma can alter the blood-brain-barrier, which most consider to be a key element in the formation of MS.

Researchers have discovered the link between cervical (neck) spinal cord injury and the formation of MS plaques through MRI analysis. There are some professionals who believe that the trigger for plaque formation is isolated in the neck; that the cervical vertebrae become dislodged or misaligned by trauma, which can interfere with and cause damage to the brain and spinal cord. There are also those who state that correcting neck injuries may reverse the advancement of the disease.

While more research is needed to determine the causal factors for Multiple Sclerosis, spinal trauma appears to be an area worthy of further research.