Monday, September 16, 2013

Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Trigeminal Neuralgia, Upper Cervical Care, Research
A case study published in the scientific periodical, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, documented the resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia in a patient following chiropractic care. Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is  a nerve disorder characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face.  The study published on August 12, 2013, was titled, "Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of Literature."

The authors begin by noting, "Since the first century A.D., trigeminal neuralgia (TN) has been regarded as one of the most painful and enigmatic diseases known to man. It has been generally accepted that patients will never be completely free from the condition regardless of the therapy." The authors set out to show that based upon case study and literature review, chiropractic offers a more permanent solution. Other names for this disorder have included "tic douloureux" and the "suicide disease", due to the severe nature of the pain it causes.

In this case, a 40-year-old woman came to the chiropractor with a diagnosis of TN that she had been suffering from for six months. The history notes that by the time the patient had gone to the chiropractor, she had already been to the emergency room twice, had seen five different specialists (EENT, neurologist, and neurosurgeons), as well as three dental specialists. When describing her pain on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the worst, the pain was described as a ten double plus.

In a failed attempt to help this problem, the woman had one tooth extracted, and she was prescribed a total of 15 different medications including morphine, oxycontin, and percocet. The case history also noted that due to the severity of the pain every aspect of this woman's life was affected; including work, sleep, recreation, and daily routines.  Because of this condition and the mounting financial burden from doctor and prescription costs, the woman was also severely depressed.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays revealed the presence of subluxations at the first and second cervical vertebrae located inthe upper neck. Specific adjustments were given to address the subluxations. Adjustment frequency was initially three visits per week for the first month, and then slowly the frequency of visits was reduced. 

The study notes that immediately after starting chiropractic care, the woman had complete resolution of all symptoms including spasm, pain, and swelling. Her range of motion had returned to normal and all spinal tenderness was gone.  She was able to return to her normal activities and remains free of her problems. The authors wrote in their conclusion, "It has been over 8 years since the patient in this case study first received chiropractic treatment. In addition to her receiving 100% resolution after one adjustment, it has been remarkable to observe that no attacks have occurred since then."
(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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