Objective: The purpose of this case report is to describe the chiropractic management of a patient with Parkinson disease.
Clinical features: An 81-year-old male with a 12-year history of Parkinson disease sought chiropractic care. He had a stooped posture and a shuffling gait. He was not able to ambulate comfortably without the guidance of his walker. The patient had a resting tremor, most notably in his right hand. Outcome measures were documented using the Parkinson’s Disease Questionaire-39 (PDQ-39) and patient subjective reports.
Intervention and outcome: The patient was treated with blue-lensed glasses, vibration stimulation therapy, spinal manipulation, and eye-movement exercises. Within the first week of treatment, there was a reduction in symptoms, improvement in ambulation, and tremor.
Conclusion: For this particular patient, the use of alternative treatment procedures appeared to help his Parkinson disease signs and symptoms.
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