Chiropractic Therapy Aids In Vision Recovery

by Administrator 26. July 2010 13:24

A recent case study was published in the Manipulative Physiological Therapy Journal regarding the role of chiropractic therapy in vision recovery. The objective of the case study is to know whether chiropractic spinal manipulation can correct loss of vision suffered by a patient after falling and getting a facial fracture.

The 53-year old woman fell down a stairwell, following which, she had fractured her right Zygomatic arch. Also suffering from migraines, she received surgical treatment. After 3 weeks of the accidents, she experienced reduced vision in her contralateral eye. Moreover, electrophysiologic studies revealed that both optic nerves had become weak, the right more than the left.

During chiropractic care, spinal manipulation was used to help in recovery of vision to normal. This treatment was spread over a course of 20 sessions, with significant improvements occurring immediately after spinal manipulation. Serial visual field tests were also conducted to monitor the progressive recovery of her vision.

The primary aim of the chiropractic therapy was to remove the dysfunction in the central nervous system rather than correcting a spinal derangement. The critical feature of this case was the presence of suboccipital tenderness in the cervical spine. Most probably, the patient’s entire cerebral vascular system was stressed by a vasospastic influence. 

Initially, the patient did not receive any indication about the chances of improvement in her vision from other medical practitioners. Her orthodox ophthalmologists and scientists did not express confidence in return to normal vision. In contrast, chiropractors related her illness with her migraine condition. She was also recommended to undergo spinal manipulation for complete recovery of vision. Within a few sessions, the patient had started reporting successful vision recovery without surgical treatment.

To conclude, this case supports chiropractic and manipulative therapy as an alternative treatment for optic nerve malfunctioning.

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Relief for Rotator Cuff Impingement With Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 19. July 2010 16:33

According to the Manipulative Physiological Therapy Journal, a case study indicates the possible use of chiropractic care for treating rotator cuff impingement. The report involves a patient with shoulder impingement syndrome that was managed with a conservative multimodal approach.

In this case, the patient suffered from anterior shoulder pain and an ache in the right upper arm. On palpation, he also experienced tenderness in the shoulder area. Along with limited motion in the shoulder region, he had limited and painful cervical motion problem. Physical and orthopedic examination revealed that the patient has shoulder impingement syndrome.

When referred to a chiropractor, the patient was given multimodal treatment. This included phonophoresis, soft tissue therapy, diverse manipulations and exercises for the rotator cuff and shoulder girdle muscles. After several chiropractic sessions and pain measurements, the patient experienced better motion in the shoulder and returned to normal daily activities.

The treatment ended when the patient became free of all symptoms and all outcomes were normal. Follow-up sessions were conducted after 4 and 12 weeks, during which the patient continued to be completely free of all symptoms of rotator cuff impingement. His range of motion was renewed and he was able to conduct pre-treatment activities.

On the whole, this case study highlights the success of chiropractic therapy in resolving the symptoms of a patient with shoulder impingement syndrome. With a multimodal treatment approach involving soft tissue techniques, ultrasound, manipulation and rehabilitation, an appropriate care strategy was developed and implemented.

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Treating Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome With Chiropractic Therapy

by Administrator 13. July 2010 04:55

As published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, a case study pointed towards the benefits of chiropractic care for treatment of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome (UTS). UTS is not very common and can be easily mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome by medical professional who are not sure about the exact differences.

In spite of the great interest of chiropractors in nerve compression syndromes, little has been published about the growing popularity of chiropractic extremity care for relieving the symptoms of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome.

The case study involves a patient with Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome who witnessed resolution of symptoms with the help of chiropractic adjustments. The 45 year old female had experienced numbness in her little finger. The symptom was revealed in standard orthopedic testing procedures for the wrist and hand but the cervical spine and thoracic outlet region tests were negative.

When she was referred to the chiropractor, the patient’s care consisted of chiropractic extremity adjustments. These were directed to the wrist area, especially the hamate and pisiform articulations with the triquetrum. Within four sessions of chiropractic therapy, all the symptoms of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome were resolved. Further examinations indicated considerable improvement in her condition.

It is evident from this case report that a patient can expect to recover from Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome during typical chiropractic treatment. While simple and cost-effective examination and therapy are sufficient in most cases, these may not suffice for more complicated or chronic cases. In such circumstances, chiropractors will have to adopt sophisticated techniques to treat the patients.

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Chiropractic Care for Irritable Infants

by Administrator 5. July 2010 12:14

A recent issue of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Journal published a case regarding an infant diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease. The patient was given chiropractic treatment and notable improvements were observed in her condition after the chiropractic care sessions.

The mother of a 3-month old girl reported that the infant had symptoms like excessive intestinal gas, frequent vomiting, interrupted sleep, difficulty in breastfeeding, excessive crying and plagiocephaly. Previously, she had been treated with Prilosec medication. The patient was also diagnosed of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) when she was 2 months old.

Observations by the infant’s mother also included fussy behavior during breastfeeding and high-pitched crying and vomiting after feedings. She also made an arching motion and become rigid when held or picked up. The only way to breastfeed the child was to walk and bounce her.

When examined by the chiropractor, the following symptoms were revealed:

  1. Great agitation and painful, excessive crying
  2. Positive suckling reflex without response to stimulus.
  3. Slight left lateral flexion of the cervical spine
  4. Flattening of the patient’s right occiput
  5. Moderate blistering on lower lip
  6. Rigidity and discomfort in abdomen

After the physical examination, it was determined that the infant has spinal dysfunctions at the atlas and 4th thoracic vertebrae. With the consent of her mother, the patient was provided chiropractic care in the form of high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust type spinal manipulative therapy. Pediatric SMT and Craniosacral Therapy was also used to correct her problems.

Consequently, the patient’s mother reported that the child was able to feed from both breasts in a sitting position. Her sleeping time and quality also improved after initial treatment. After the 4th chiropractic visit, the mother took her daughter off Prilosec and also noted reduced vomiting and crying after the 7th visit. Long term follow up revealed that all the symptoms were resolved within 3 months of chiropractic care.

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