Researching Chiropractic: Scoliosis, Parkinson’s, and Post neck fusion
Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?
Probably most of them.
Post neck fusion adjustment
This is the case report of a 43-year-old woman suffering from neck and mid-back pain and stiffness, migraines, shoulder pain, low energy and decreased performance of activities of daily living. She had undergone a surgical fusion of her neck (cervical spine) to help her symptoms, but after the surgery her symptoms remained.
The woman received chiropractic care over 3 months and follow up X-rays showed improvement in neck curve and posture. Her head was sitting atop her spine in a more balanced position.
She reported improvements in neck and mid-back pain/stiffness, shoulder pain, energy levels, performance of activities of daily living, and frequency, duration, and severity of migraine episodes. (1)
Scoliosis reduction in a 7-year-old boy
A 7-year-old boy was brought in by his parents because of a recent diagnosis of scoliosis. His mother was worried about the diagnosis especially since the orthopedic surgeon told her that he should wear a brace because the curve was worsening: the angle of his scoliosis (Cobb angle) was measured at 25°. The mother decided to seek an alternative approach. The child had no pain or other complaints.
Chiropractic examination revealed subluxations in the cervical and thoracic spine as well as in the sacrum. The child was seen three times a week for a total of 16 visits.
After the adjustments, he was X-rayed again. His scoliosis (Cobb angle) decreased over 50%, from 25° to 11°. In addition, his high left shoulder was level and the muscle tone in his mid-back was more relaxed (less hypertonicity). The child continues to receive weekly chiropractic visits and future improvements are expected. (2)
Parkinson’s and chiropractic care
Parkinson’s is the second most common Neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Neurodegenerative diseases are increasingly a source of suffering and death. Can chiropractic help?
This is the case of a 76-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease. He came to the office with right-sided tremors, memory loss, balance issues, constant leg pain, occasional poor circulation, and decreased muscular strength. He needed to use a walker. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease by his neurologist in 2010 and was taking 10 doses of leva-dopa a day.
A chiropractic analysis revealed the patient to have many postural distortions in addition to an upper cervical (C-1) subluxation that was affecting his brain stem.
After the first adjustment, the patient no longer needed a walker and his tremors decreased.
He continues care and his tremors and other Parkinson’s symptoms continue to lessen. His neurologist decreased his medication by 50%. He remains under care. (3)
- Fedorchuk C, Lightstone, DF, Andino H. Failed neck surgery: improvement in neck pain, migraines, energy levels, and performance of activities of daily living following subluxation correction using Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technique: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. May 18, 2017:93-100.
- Tokar CS, Moore RT. Reduction of scoliosis in a 7-year-old male following chiropractic care: a case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;2:65-73.
- Friedman R, Powers S. Improvement in Parkinson’s disease symptoms following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. June 5, 2017:22-30.
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