Chiropractic to Manage Neck Pain and Improve Vertigo

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Research Commentary;

Chiropractic to Improve Neck Pain and Vertigo

A review of

Collins, M. E., & Misukanis, T. M. (2005). Chiropractic management of a patient with post traumatic vertigo of complex origin. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 4(1), 32–38.

Research Reviewed by Dr. Antonio Flaquer

Chiropractic to Improve Vertigo

Summarized Review of Conclusion:

            This study focused on an individual with post-traumatic stress of the neck after a motor vehicle accident. The patient was reported to have a neck sprain from the emergency room, but X-rays taken by the chiropractor showed fractures instead. The patient went on with treatment experiencing some vertigo after chiropractic treatment. Exercises were then given to do in the clinic and at home and the vertigo episodes subsided.

Below I have referenced key quotes from this research to help summarize the results.

Quotes from the Article:

“Even though the origin of the symptom of vertigo could not be clearly established in this patient, chiropractic management may have had a beneficial impact in its resolution in this case.”

“The patient began chiropractic treatment with both passive and active care, prior to the vertigo incident. Following the vertigo incident, treatment was modified to include 6 weeks of cervical exercises in clinic and at home. The patient reported resolution of the vertigo following the chiropractic treatment plan.”

“This case reports presents an example of vertigo that improved under chiropractic management. This case illustrates the benefits of adding mild traumatic brain injury to differential diagnoses, co-managing care with other providers, and modifying treatment when necessary. Further research is suggested to study the contribution that chiropractic management could offer to those with neurological injury.”

Introduction to the Research

The purpose of the research was to determine if chiropractic treatment was beneficial for someone with spinal and or brain injuries for either acute or chronic patients.

Research Methodology

Patient management began the same day as the chiropractic exam with gentle soft tissue work, ice and interferential therapy. Within 10 days after the injury, the patient was introduced to sitting McKenzie cervical extension exercises. Eleven days after the injury, light force, supine and prone diversified spinal manipulation was introduced with heat and ultrasound over the affected upper thoracic and lower cervical spine. The patient was tolerating treatment and having decreased pain levels lasting for a few hours post-treatment. By her ninth treatment, 18 days after the injury; she subjectively noted a decrease in overall pain levels and other symptoms that lasted a half day.

Research Findings

The biggest takeaway from the research is chiropractic care can help with any type of spinal pain. At our McKinney location, we do not only focus on the spine, but we also focus on every joint in the human body and how it is functioning. If a joint is not getting its proper motion then we have a “stuck” joint which is when inflammation starts to build up which is when pain comes into play. Vertigo can set in as a factor for this patient because of all the structural changes that are taking place when they are getting adjusted. It takes a while for our bodies to adapt to the new and correct normal. That’s why towards the end of the care plan, the patient’s vertigo episodes subsided because the body was allowing the adapting process takeover.

Research References

As always with these reviews, these are my takeaways from the article and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.  The references used in this article by the authors of this article are listed here.

Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our McKinney Chiropractors, located near West Ridge, at the corner of S. Stonebridge Dr. and Eldorado Pkwy., are here to teach you that taking care of your mental health and getting the proper nutrients is just as important as the chiropractic adjustment to stay healthy.