Objective: To present the chiropractic care of a patient with symptoms of myelopathy.
Clinical Features: A 51 year old female presented with weakness/numbness of the left arm and hand with difficulty grasping and holding objects, weakness/numbness in the left leg and occasional right leg numbness. She had been dealing with these symptoms for approximately four months and was unsure of the cause. The day before presentation she had been push mowing her yard. The next morning the symptoms in her left arm had gotten worse and now she was having trouble ambulating.
Invention and Outcome: High velocity, low amplitude, and contact specific adjustments using Gonstead protocol were utilized in the areas of vertebral subluxation. The patient also received functional rehabilitation. After twenty-four adjustments the patient’s grip strength improved, reflexes improved, the patient was able to ambulate without any problems and her balance improved.
Conclusion: The chiropractic care of an individual with neurological symptoms associated with myelopathy showed significant improvement within 5 months of care. It is postulated that the resolution of the patient’s symptoms are due to reduction in subluxations at several levels within the spinal column, however more research is warranted.
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