Objective: This paper reports on the positive health outcomes following chiropractic care of a 37-year-old, Caucasian male with vertebral subluxation, decreased quality of life, and subjective complaints following surgical removal of a vestibular schwannoma.
Clinical Features: The patient presented with complaints of nausea, fatigue, gastric reflux, dizziness and migraines following surgical removal of a vestibular schwannoma. He received a thorough history and examination, including analysis of instrumentation, x-rays, and videofluoroscopy utilizing the Pierce Results System™ (PRS™). Vertebral subluxations as well as dysautonomia were found.
Intervention and Outcome: The patient was seen 9 times over 5 weeks, and adjusted 6 times during that time period. At the re-examination, approximately one month after beginning care, the patient had much improvement in nausea, fatigue, gastric reflux, and total resolution of his dizziness and migraines. The patient received no traction, nor did he perform any corrective exercises. He was able to cease taking multiple medications.
Conclusion: Addressing only the vertebral subluxations utilizing the PRS™ analysis provided symptomatic relief and improved quality of life in a short period of time following the surgical excision of a vestibular schwannoma. No other modalities or treatments were needed to achieve substantial improvements in his post-surgical symptoms in a relatively brief amount of time, in a case most practitioners would either avoid treating or expect marginal change.
Author keywords: chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, vestibular schwannoma, adjustment, Pierce Results System™, videofluoroscopy, instrumentation, post-surgery, quality of life, dizziness, migraines, gastric reflux, nausea
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