Why is upper cervical chiropractic different?
A lot of people wonder why upper cervical chiropractic is different from other forms of chiropractic. Well, as chiropractors we all get the same training and education in school. We are all doctors, and can approach healthcare and adjusting in a manner that is safe and appropriate to a patient’s issue. So why upper cervical?
Well, upper cervical chiropractors focus on one area of the spine. They are specialists, focusing on usually only the first and second vertebrae. Many patients wonder how adjusting one of two bones in the neck can affect other areas of the spine; Here is a published research article concerning a patient with a herniated disc. The patient was under upper cervical care, and only had the 1st bone in their neck adjusted, only when needed, and how that herniation healed. And, this was after the patient had been to multiple medical doctors!
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Objective: To discuss the chiropractic management of a patient suffering from multiple complaints, including a herniated nucleus pulposus in the cervical spine diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging MRI.
Clinical Features: A 34-yr-old man suffered from severe neck, lower back and radicular pain of 1 yr duration. He had previously received care from multiple medical specialists, with little or no results. An MRI of the cervical spine demonstrated a C6-C7 herniated nucleus pulposus. A needle electromyogram examination confirmed the presence of a C6-C7 radiculopathy with radiculopathic changes from C4-C7. X-ray analysis showed that the atlas and axis were misaligned. These X-rays were read manually with a template and with computer-assisted digitization. Computerized analysis also measured misalignments at the levels of L4-L5.
Intervention and Outcome: The patient was managed primarily with the Grostic Procedure of upper cervical adjusting by hand. After a period of about 1 month, a series of re-examinations revealed a dramatic improvement in all subjective and objective findings. A follow-up of > 1 yr has shown that surgery was not necessary.
Conclusion: This single case study suggests that chiropractic care may be a viable treatment option for patients with cervical disc herniation. Further investigation into chiropractic adjustments as a treatment for this condition should be pursued.
You can read here about other research and cases concerning herniated discs and other disc problems here.