Reduction of Neck Pain in 78-Year-Old Female with Severe Degenerative Disc Disease

Reduction of Neck Pain and Immobility in a 78-Year-Old Patient with Severe Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteoporosis Using Gonstead Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study

Sarah Hock DC, CACCP & Mike McIntyre, DC

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ April 6, 2020 ~ Pages 43-49


Objective: To describe the care and outcomes of subluxation-based chiropractic care of a 78-year-old female suffering from severe neck pain and immobility.

Clinical Features: A 78-year-old female with neck pain and immobility due to severe degenerative disc disease and severe osteoporosis in the cervical spine.

Interventions and Outcomes: Vertebral subluxation was found at the levels of C7 and C1 and specific, Gonstead cervical chair adjustments were delivered according to Gonstead protocol with the exception of the use of a sustained pressure in place of a thrust. After 6 weeks of care, she reported being pain free for 2-3 days at a time, with marked improvements in range of motion.  At the conclusion of 12 weeks of care, the patient reported no pain, and demonstrated improvements in cervical range of motion and posture.

Conclusion: Chiropractic adjustments for the reduction of vertebral subluxation were beneficial for a female patient suffering from neck pain and immobility due to severe degenerative disc disease and severe osteoporosis. The patient had previously received several different technique approaches including toggle, activator, Applied Kinesiology, and diversified techniques with no resolution of neck pain or improvement in range of motion.  Using a modified Gonstead Technique we observed reduction of subluxation in the cervical spine.  This coincided with resolution of associated symptomology, as well as marked improvement in range of motion.

Keywords: Chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, adjustment, intervertebral disc degeneration, osteoporosis, spine, range of motion

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