Objective: To describe the resolution of paraplegia in the hind limbs of a canine utilizing chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A four-year-old bichon frise/shih tzu mix canine presented for care with complete paralysis of the hind limbs. He had multiple previous episodes of moderate paraplegia that had been treated with courses of steroids. On the third occasion of paralysis the steroids did not resolve the issue. Instead, the canine worsened to the point where he was partly incontinent. Paraplegia is defined here as complete lack of function in both hind limbs, no muscle tone and lack of deep tendon reflexes. After one month of treatment the dog was able to hold himself up on all four limbs for periods of ten minutes or greater. After four months of treatment the canine was able to walk normally.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was cared for using manual chiropractic adjustments characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrusts to sites of vertebral subluxation. Over the course of four months the patient was seen sixteen times. Following these sixteen visits the canine’s owners reported complete resolution of the hind end paralysis without need for steroids, anti-inflammatories or pain medication.
Conclusion: This case study provides supporting evidence that canines suffering from paraplegia may benefit from chiropractic adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxation.
Author keywords: chiropractic, subluxation, paralysis, paraplegia, canine, alternative health, adjustment
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