Objective: To review the positive health outcomes of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis experiencing headaches and neck pain undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A 59-year-old male presented to a private chiropractic practice with a chief complaint of headaches, neck pain, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Intervention and Outcomes: Eight upper cervical adjustments were delivered over a period of 12 visits in 10.5 weeks utilizing the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Technique. Complete resolution of headaches and neck pain were reported by the patient following the first adjustment and the patient was able to discontinue his medication.
Conclusion: The upper cervical subluxation may be a contributing factor to rheumatoid arthritis related pain. Reduction of the subluxation with specific vectored correction may help reduce pain not only in the head and neck, but throughout the entire body in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. More research is warranted investigating the effects of upper cervical care and rheumatoid arthritis.
Author keywords: Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA, headache, neck pain, upper cervical, subluxation, orthogonal, NUCCA, chiropractic, arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, chiropractic adjustment
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