Reversed Neck Curve and Lower Back Corrected with Chiropractic

A case report study published on November 21, 2011 in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documents the improvement of a person who was suffering with lower back pain and had a reversal of their neck curve.

The authors of the study start by noting that lower back pain is one of the most common conditions today with between six and twelve percent of the population suffering from this problem. They also report that medical care has not found a solution for this issue in spite of the fact that there has been a 629% increase in medical spending on lower back care.

The authors point out that chiropractic has consistently been shown to be effective in helping people with lower back pain. They also report that other studies have shown that abnormal curvatures of the spine have been linked to a variety of health related problems, including back pain. In this case the authors show a correlation between the two.

In this case a 41-year-old woman went to a chiropractor with lower back pain that she had been suffering from for two years. It had started when a chair she was sitting in gave way and she fell on her back. She had gone to multiple doctors including chiropractors and had not gotten relief. Her MRI showed problems with the vertebrae and discs in the lower back.

A motion x-ray (video fluoroscopy) was also done and showed abnormal spinal motion in both her lower back and her neck. X-rays also revealed a reversal of the neck, which should have a bending curve forward when viewed from the side on x-ray. Based on the x-rays and an examination, it was determined that spinal subluxations were present in her lower back and neck. A series of specific adjustments were initiated.

The case study reports that by the 11th visit the patient was completely pain free in her lower back and her leg, with only minimal pain still in her hip. After 6 weeks of care a follow-up set of x-rays were taken to monitor the progress. What was noticed was that the curve in the neck had gone from a reversal, to a normal curve during the course of care. This, coupled with the fact that the woman was feeling much better led the researchers to the conclusion that the neck was a large contributing factor in this person’s lower back pain.

In their conclusion, the authors noted that the structure of a neck curvature can have a profound effect on lower back issues. They state, “Correcting the abnormal structure within the cervical spine can alleviate most symptoms associated with LBP.”

Dramatic Improvement in Symptoms Related to Multiple Sclerosis

A case study published in the April 27, 2010 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, reported on a case of a fifty-one year old female with history of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and several other conditions who was helped by chiropractic.

In the opening of the study, the authors explained Multiple Sclerosis by noting that MS is a debilitating disease characterized by recurrent or chronically progressive neurological dysfunction. According to the authors, the prevalence of MS has been estimated at 100 cases per 100,000 people.

In this case, a fifty-one year old female came to a chiropractor with a history of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, osteoarthritis, and scoliosis. She also had complaints of neck pain, back pain and jaw pain. She was being treated medically by her family medical doctor, a neurologist, an allergist, a rheumatologist, a gastrointestinal specialist, a cardiologist, and a dermatologist.

The chiropractic examination showed postural abnormalities, asymmetry and muscular imbalance. With the addition of spinal x-rays, the presence of vertebral subluxations was noted, and a course of specific adjustments was initiated. Chiropractic care started with 3 times per week for 4 months and 2 times per week for 4 months, followed by 1 time per week thereafter.

The results in this case documented that after approximately 12 visits, the woman reported improvement in pain levels throughout her body, as well as better mobility, increased lung capacity, and she was able to increase her activities as well.

Follow up examinations also showed improvement in all measurements compared to the initial examination and x-ray findings. As care continued, the woman was able to drastically reduce her asthma medication and eventually she was able to discontinue her gastroesophageal reflux medication.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “The case of an adult female with past history of multiple sclerosis and other conditions is presented. Dramatic improvement in symptoms related to multiple sclerosis is noted following the introduction of chiropractic care concomitant with a reduction in vertebral subluxation.”

October is National Chiropractic Health Month

A release dated October 1, 2014, in Businesswire from the American Chiropractic Association announces that October is National Chiropractic Health Month. The release states that the objective of National Chiropractic Health Month is to be working with “…more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to help educate the public and policymakers about the value of a ‘conservative care first’ approach to health care.”

The release notes that this approach to health care encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. “People need complete information about their treatment options,” said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. “During National Chiropractic Health Month, DCs are encouraging patients to ask questions and learn about safe, effective conservative approaches that may help them avoid riskier and more costly treatments.”

The release states three reasons why “Conservative Care First” is an important strategy when dealing with health care issues.

  1. Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.
  2. Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous over reliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”
  3. Recent evidence questions the overuse–and in some cases the effectiveness–of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It is reasonable for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.

One of the benefits pointed out by the release for Conservative Care First, is a statistic showing the likelihood of surgery for workers with back injury. The release points out that when an MD or surgeon is the point of first contact for these injured workers, the rate of surgery is 42.7%. This is far more than the 1.5% who eventually have surgery when the point of first contact was a chiropractor. This translates into a much safer and more affordable outcome for injured workers.

Chiropractic and Tourette’s Syndrome

From the September 28, 2009 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, comes a case study documenting the improvement of a young woman with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and headaches.

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a developmental disorder characterized by unwanted, irresistible, stereotyped movements and vocalizations called tics. People with Tourettes also may exhibit conditions of attention issues, impulse control, and mood problems. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are also common with Tourettes.

In this case a 20 year old woman had been suffering from Tourettes from the age of three. She was also suffering from headaches when she presented herself for chiropractic care. Medical care was not sought for this condition as the family of the girl made a decision not to subject their daughter to drug therapy for her condition.

The young woman’s history showed that two years prior to beginning chiropractic care she began experiencing tics consisting of muscle contractions in her face and shoulders. The tics occurred constantly throughout the day. When she was relaxed, the tics would occur once every five minutes. However, when she felt stressed or when she ate a diet of too much sugar, the tics increased in severity and timing to about once every 5 seconds.

Chiropractic care was administered to the young woman after an examination revealed interference to the nervous system resulting from vertebral subluxation. Over the course of one year of corrective chiropractic adjustments the patient experienced significant decreases in the occurrence and severity of her motor and vocal tic episodes as well as an improvement in headaches. The results were that she was able to better function throughout the day with decreased motor and vocal tic episodes.

Dr. Pamela Stone-McCoy, lead author of the paper, explained the result by saying, “Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and brain.” Dr. Stone-McCoy continued, “Basic science research shows that the proper development of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.”