Chiropractic Help For Lumbar Disc Herniation

by Administrator 28. June 2010 16:35

According to the Chiropractic & Osteopathy Journal, a case study involving an elderly male patient indicated the successful use of chiropractic therapy for dealing with lumbar disc herniation.

The patient had been suffering from a right-sided foot drop. After visiting a private spine clinic, he was prescribed an ankle-foot orthosis. During this time, there was no sensory, motor and reflex action in the right leg and foot. A neurologist confirmed the same after performing an electromyography and nerve conduction velocity testing.

When referred to a chiropractor, the patient was treated with the help of spinal manipulation. His sessions were scheduled twice a week along with wobble chair exercises three times daily for a total of 90 days. After several sessions of this chiropractic therapy, the patient was recommended for follow-up electro-diagnostic studies. In these studies, significant improvements were noticed in the patient’s own observations as well as daily functions.

On the whole, Lumbar disc herniation is a common problem found in manual medicine. However, chiropractic therapy needs to be conducted with proper care as it may affect the structure and function of the lumbar disc itself. Suffering from neurological deficit in the lower extremity, the patient was treated by using spinal manipulation and exercises. His progress and improvements were assessed through electro-diagnostic testing.

Instead of surgical alternatives, chiropractic care proved to be much more effective and non-invasive in the case of the elderly patient.

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Chiropractic Help For Paresthesia

by Administrator 20. June 2010 09:55

The Journal of J Manipulative Physiological Therapy described a recent case of chiropractic therapy for a patient suffering from paresthesia on the left side. Her Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) reports also documented cervical spinal cord deformation secondary to cervical spinal stenosis.

A special education teacher, the 70-year old female has neck pain, headaches and paresthesia on the entire left side of her body. She had started experiencing these symptoms within a few hours of getting injured in a side-impact motor vehicle accident. Before taking chiropractic help, she had been incorrectly diagnosed with a cerebrovascular accident.

Initially, the chiropractor conducted diagnostic studies on the patient. This led to the revealing of cervical spinal stenosis with deformed spinal cord. For treating her condition, two manipulative techniques based on the theory of relief of adverse mechanical neural tension were used. These included Advanced Biostructural Therapy and Atlas Coccygeal Technique.

Within a few sessions incorporating the manipulative techniques mentioned above, the patient felt complete relief from neck pain, headaches and paresthesia. The non-intrusive intervention methods used for her treatment are unique to the chiropractic profession. Even after one year of her accident, the patient remained free from symptoms at the long-term follow-up with the chiropractor.

To summarize, chiropractic therapy involves various manipulative methods that can help in the treatment of cervical spinal stenosis. The case reported impressive short-term and long-term response of a patient with cervical spinal stenosis and spinal cord deformation to unconventional, unique techniques of chiropractic care. While existing reports of manipulative management of paresthesia suggest that traditional therapy is not effective or even recommended, this case throws fresh light on the scope of chiropractic management for cervical spinal stenosis.

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Chiropractic Therapy Deals With Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

by Administrator 14. June 2010 15:42

According to the J Manipulative Physiological Therapy Journal, the treatment of frozen shoulder syndrome is possible through conservative chiropractic care. By using the right therapy to the shoulder through low force, specific contact adjustment procedures, significant pain relief has been experienced.

Under the published case study, the patient was a 53-year old woman who was suffering from severe pain in the shoulder for more than 6 months. She had been diagnosed with adhesive capsulitis and gone through various kinds of treatments without successful results or relief. This included several NSAIDs, physical therapy and analgesics.

When the patient visited a chiropractor, her condition had become serious and progressed to almost total immobility of the shoulder joint. In addition, there was severe pain and noticeable restriction in performing normal activities of daily life. In short, there was urgent need for corrective measures to reduce the stiffness in her shoulder and enable her recovery.

Once the chiropractor examined the female patient and observed all reports of previous treatments, her shoulder was managed with conservative measures. The affected shoulder joint and the cervicothoracic spine were adjusted by the chiropractor. During therapy, mechanical force as well as manual short lever chiropractic adjustments was used. The Activator Adjusting Instrument assisted in the chiropractic procedure.  

After few visits and chiropractic treatments, the patient experienced considerable relief in her shoulder and reported lesser frozen shoulder symptoms. This indicated that chiropractic care can be effective as a therapy for difficult cases like this. Specifically, low force instrumental adjustments can prove to be more beneficial than high force manipulations or movements.

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Overcoming Cervical Injury Trauma With Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 7. June 2010 17:08

A case study reported by Arn Strasser, a chiropractor at the Strasser Chiropractic Center in Portland indicates the possible use of chiropractic treatment in providing relief from cervical injury trauma.
The patient, who was a basketball player, felt a wrenching pain in his neck during a game. He was very sore and stiff during his first visit to the chiropractor and complained of burning muscle pain. Initially, cold packs were applied to the injury along with over-the-counter analgesic.

Even though his pain reduced, the patient continued to experience stiffness and neck aches. In view of his condition and ultrasound reports, the chiropractor did resistance-type maneuvers to the neck and put pressure to trigger points along with stretching. This is known as muscle energy therapy.

On the next visit, the patient reported stiffness but no burning pain in his neck. Consequently, the chiropractor palpated the spine and observed lesser vertebral motion resistance, tenderness to pressure and better overall motion. A cervical adjustment was also explained and implemented to the patient.

Lying on his back, the patient’s motor unit was isolated with lateral flexion. Resistance was provided to the tissue along with a gentle thrust into the neck. The patient experienced an instant release of tension after this adjustment. On the other hand, the chiropractor reported increased motion in the joint.

Over a period of two weeks, further adjustments were made to the patient’s neck and upper back. He was also recommended with neck exercises. Within a month, he resumed normal activity and his neck was free from pain. In short, chiropractic therapy helped the patient in having his neck treated and returning to playing. It readjusted the disturbed spinal workings due to the injury and prevented further degeneration or chronic neck pain.

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