OBJECTIVE: To present two cases, one of a patient with a radicular syndrome and another of a patient with a pseudoradicular syndrome.
CLINICAL FEATURES: A 45-yr-old man visited one chiropractic clinic complaining of a "pinched nerve" in his neck, with pain and paresthesia in his left hand. He reported that these symptoms began after a work accident 1 month before, when he lifted a heavy object. Radiographs revealed disk space thinning at C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7. CT scans revealed foraminal narrowing with a minor disk bulging at the level of C5-6 and a large disk protrusion at C7-T1. The second patient is a 60-yr-old man with left shoulder and cervical spine pain. The patient stated that the shoulder pain felt like an ache and had begun 2 wk earlier when he had awakened with pain in the shoulder and a stiff neck. X-ray evaluation revealed a moderate level of degenerative change at the the C4-5, C5-6 and C7-T1 region.
CONCLUSION: This article identifies the similarities and variations between two syndromes receiving chiropractic intervention that included ancillary therapy. Certain conditions, including cervical radiculopathy, seem to respond well to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. However, in other conditions with similar symptomatology, appropriate referral may be necessary for the condition to respond. Alternatively, adjunctive or ancillary therapy may be indicated to improve the effect of the chiropractic intervention.
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