An article from the U.S. News & World Report is discussing new research that may help multiple sclerosis patients. Atrophy of a key brain area (thalamus) has been found by multiple sclerosis researchers prior to multiple sclerosis symptoms developing.
Using special MRI images, scientists from three continents found that the thalamus — which acts as a “relay center” for nervous-system signals — had atrophied in nearly 43 percent of patients who had suffered an initial neurological episode that often comes before a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis.
The study was published online April 23 in the journal Radiology.
MS results in lesions on the brain and spinal cord that disrupt nerve signals to various parts of the body. Symptoms, which can come and go, include numbness, tingling, vision disturbances, problems walking, dizziness, and bowel and bladder problems.
“What’s triggering this and how it’s connected with the thalamus should be explored,” he said, “but … that this research is indicating that the thalamus is profoundly affected so early on leads us to focus more on those regions of the brain.”
The trigger for this atrophy within the brain may have been discovered several years ago when researchers found that a misalignment in the upper neck, caused by traumatic injuries is leading to increased intracranial pressure and leaking of cerebral spinal fluid.
Research is also indicating that correcting the misalignments in the upper neck leads to immediate changes in blood and cerebral spinal fluid flow to, from and through the brain.
It is extremely important if you have multiple sclerosis or are showing early neurological signs, to have a thorough evaluation of your upper neck, including 3 dimensional x-rays. The longer the misalignment is present the more damage is done.
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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 the state of Washington 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 http://www.sherwoodspinalcare.com