Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Patient with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Upper cervical care for patient with complex regional pain syndrome

Lauren Millman, D.C. Bio Thomas Forest, D.C. Bio Todd Hubbard, D.C., M.S. Bio

J Upper Cervical Chiropr Res. 2012 Oct;10:85-91

Objective: To review the effectiveness of care using a specific upper cervical technique in the case of a 10-year-old male patient with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Clinical Features: This case report describes the changes in subjective pain and weight bearing following specific upper cervical care of a 10-year-old boy with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Intervention: Upon initial examination, indications of uppercervical subluxation were evident, based upon radiographic findings, thermography, and leg length inequality. Care utilizing a specific upper cervical technique protocol (Blair upper cervical technique) was administered in order to correct the upper cervical subluxation.

Outcome: Although still an ongoing case, the following report is a detailed 10-month record of this 10-year-old boy’s response to his upper cervical technique, including a decrease in symptoms associated with CRPS Type 1, noting them as less frequent, of less duration and decreased severity.

Conclusion: Due to the marked and timely improvement of this patient, this case report exhibits the need for further investigation into the use of a non-invasive, light-force, cost-effective, and highly specific approach to correcting upper cervical subluxations which have an effect on this condition and potentially similar cases.

(Editor's note: Remember the objective of upper cervical care is to correct head neck misalignment that is interfering with proper brain to body communication. When this is corrected the body functions at a higher level and can often correct other problems more efficiently on its own. Please do not confuse upper cervical care as a treatment for any condition, disease or symptom.)

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