This paper seeks to discuss the clinical and inter-professional issues in the recognition of an aetiology and treatment of a patient with chronic neck pain, and headaches. This was ultimately attributed to a vertebral-autonomic dysfunction of an upper cervical segment of the spine - a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). The patient’s discomfort may have been prolonged due to this unrecognised clinical presentation of a classic biomechanical neuromusculoskeletal lesion. Limitations in the recognition of the neurological and orthopaedic signs and symptom patterns associated with vertebral mechanical dysfunction are likely to have led to a delay in appropriate care.
Author keywords: Cervicogenic headache - Chiropractic adjustment - Inter-professional collaboration - Inter-Professional Relationships - Neck Pain - Segmental Spinal Pain - Spinal Manipulation - Suboccipital subluxation - Vertebral adjustment - Vertebral Subluxation Complex
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