Abstract: Objective: The objective of this case study is to report the long, detailed, and ultimately unsuccessful treatment modalities used (medical, pharmaceutical, physiotherapeutic, and chiropractic) for the victim of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) over 1.5 years. The missing component was then applied for the patient, which involved the evaluation and treatment of the patient’s injured cranio-sacral system, producing resolution of her MVA symptom picture.
Clinical Features: A 32-year-old obese female was referred by her neurologist with a 1.5 year history of symptoms after a MVA. Her measurable orthopedic and neuromuscular deficits are described after 47 chiropractic and 9 physiotherapeutic and a dozen medical visits, including 18 months of heavy medication as her treatment. Intervention In this case, chiropractic cranial, TMJ, and cervical subluxations were addressed in a patient who had suffered a MVA with whiplash associated disorders (WAD) 1.5 years previously, which were resolved through the use of applied kinesiology chiropractic treatment. This case offers the reader a detailed medical and chiropractic history review, showing the many months of unsuccessful treatments victims of MVAs often suffer. The case can also serve as a foundation for a detailed discussion regarding how to effectively incorporate chiropractic cranial treatment into chiropractic practice for patients who present with head or neck pain after MVAs. The patient was placed on a care plan consisting of three times a week for the first two weeks before significant symptom reductions and functional restoration was achieved.
Outcomes: At the second week examination on her sixth visit, the patient stated that she had been steadily experiencing significant recovery in mobility, strength, mood, independence, sleep, and energy. For the first time in 1.5 years, her headaches and neck and low back pain were stabilised. All cervical range of motion was improved, as were her visual analog scales (going from 1050 on initial examination to 250 after 2 weeks of treatment), and the Neck Disability Form and Oswestry Low Back Disability Forms each going from the “severe disability” (or 34) rating
to “no disability” rating (or 8).
Author keywords: Chiropractic - AK - Applied kinesiology - WAD - Whiplash associated disorders.
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