In a round about way, yes. The whiplash you suffered caused a weakening of the muscles and ligaments and tendons of your spine and if you didn't do physical therapy to re-strengthen them, you probably stayed weak. That weakness puts more strain on the bones of the spine and that extra stress on the bones to hold you upright, causes the arthritis.
We need strong core(or torso) muscles in order to keep the spine supported. We use or arms and legs a lot but how many of know what our core muscles are or how to strengthen them...until you end up with spine problems!
That's how you go from a car accident to arthritis.
I take drugs like ibuprofen(NSAIDs...non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Alevel is another one over the counter. I use ice or heat to either relieve swelling or pain...which ever one works best. I get those over the counter joint supports/braces for areas like ankles and wrists. and when they really hurt, I get cortisone shots from my doc.
For a spine, physical therapy is best. they can teach you how to keep it strong and then I still take the drugs like ibuprofen. Heating pads, good pillows for your neck, deep tissue massage to get the spasms out.....all help.
You need to try different things and see what works. Being followed by a rheumatologist helps(arthritis specialist). They can get you some prescription drugs if you need more help.
And since your spine seems to be your big problem, there are certain types of arthritis that hit the spine and some are almost specifically to men and you need to rule them out. Even have a genetic component.
Acupuncture can help too. I take Celebrex. It helps somewhat, but I still have pain in my left hand and wrist. How long ago was the accident? I've had several whiplashes over the years and do have arthritis in my neck.
The accident was 2 and half years ago. In the accident I suffered a concussion, neck, upper, middle, lower back sprains, and the cartilage under my knee cap was cracked. The first year was !!!!. A year after the accident I was diagnoised with fibromyalgia. Now I am finding out I have arthritis in my neck, knee, and lower back.
Thank you Jenny that was my next question if I needed to see a rheumatologist.
Johna...sorry...I forgot you were female when I mentioned the arthritis in the spine for men...they drop that little detail when you go do a post(male or female). I guess I was thinking about my brother John.
But any kind of spinal arthritis needs to be checked and followed. I know...2 major spine surgeries down and waiting for yet another MRI. Spinal arthritis is weird.....you can be in a lot of pain for years and when it finally starts to feel better...you find out it's gotten so bad you no longer feel any pain with it. Reverse of arthritis anywhere else in the body. No pain is bad with the spine!
As for fibro, that is a pain disorder and is often thrown at a patient when the docs don't want o deal with them anymore or don't know how to help. A very unfair diagnosis unless it is verified. Fifty years ago you were just told...you have rheumatism! Well, there is no such thing as rheumatism. It just means you ache all the time but from what...what is hurting and where and what can be done for it?
So see a rheumatologist and get yourself and your pain under control. And start watching that spine.