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Case Studies

Thoracic Pain due to Scoliosis
Case: This 33 year old patient had constant pain (at arrow) made worse with any significant movement of the torso. Chiropractic care: 3 months of chiropractic care with our Chatswood chiropractor of a moderately intensive schedule was given and our prescribed core posture corrective exercises were done on average 3 times per week.

 Thoracic scoliosis 1 before adore life         Thoracic scoliosis 1 after adore life

BEFORE: A big 15mm displacement of the spine and ribcage     AFTER: Minor displacement from central line

Results: Chiropractic examination revealed a great move towards being structurally and functionally sound. Symptoms are virtually absent in correlation with the postural improvement.

Note: Now that there is overall balance, next is to reduce the deviation of the spine in the middle of the after image which is due to an old trauma. The before image has gas in the stomach and is not to be mistaken with a muffin as some people have thought :-)

 

Posture Correction

Case1: This 73 year old gentleman was previously seeing a chiropractor for maintenance of major damage to the C5 disc and major spondylosis at C4/5 & C5/6 vertebral junctions. There is also major damage to L4 disc and a retrolisthesis (backward shift) of the L4 and L5 vertebrae. He was interested in improving posture. Chiropractic care: Exercises were performed daily and chiropractic adjustments were on a moderately intensive schedule with our chiropractor in the Willoughby council precinct.

Before & After 73 yr old

Results: The photos are approximately 3 months apart after good adherance to our exclusive core posture correction program. The head position improved from 7cm forward to 5cm forward. The shoulder alignment has improved to bring the red line almost on the black line and the pelvis has returned 1cm backwards which has helped the abdominal muscles engage better to give the appearance of abdominal weight loss even though the weight was the same.

Note: Remember, even if you have damage in your spine, or if people think you are 'too old' to change, you still have the ability to improve your body which will help to preserve your quality of life as you age.

 

Case2: This 29 year old reported chronic low back pain and neck pain aggravated by a lot of desk work. He had the typical postural syndrome of many office workers so he undertook a chiropractic and exercise program. His time limits reduced the desired frequency of chiropractic and exercises.

Poor Posture Chiropractic Correction

Chiropractic Care: The patient had chiropractic adjustments on a mild frequency for 3 months and exercised about twice per week on average. Results: 3 months of care has given about 30% correction of the forward head carriage and pelvic displacement. There is noticible improvement in posture which would enable better performance of lungs, shoulders as well as achieving a healthier spine. In both photos the patient was asked to stand looking straight ahead. While this improvement is satisfactory, it can only be speculated how much better the improvement would have been on a more intensive program of care. The patient is satisfied with a major reduction of low back and neck symptoms.

 

Sciatica

Case: This 22 year old had sciatica for 1.5 years which had initially partly improved with a chiropractor in Melbourne. Later there was slow improvement from 4 months of physiotherapy followed with 1.5 months of Pilates. There was a big relapse after the Pilates so 4 months ago surgical intervention was being considered for the L5/S1 herniated disc that was confirmed on MRI. CT guided steroid injection only reduced the low back pain but didn't resolve the sciatica down the leg. Chiropractic Care: Exercises from our core spinal postural correction program were performed 3 times per week on average and chiropractic manipulations (adjustments) were given on a moderately intensive schedule with our chiropractor at Darlington campus.

 Sciatica front view       Sciatica side view

Results: In just over 2 months the mild scoliotic curve in the thorax and shoulder symmetry seen from the front are 50% better as well as there being a dramatic postural improvement when seen from the side. His sciatica is 90% resolved, flexibility is the best it has ever been for 2 years and he can play football (soccer) again due to the improved mechanics and loading of the spine. Further progress is currently being achieved.

Note: There are many different techniques used by chiropractors so if one chiropractor doesn't give you a great result, you may be able to acheive a better result with a different chiropractor. If you want to achieve your best health then chiropractic is one cornerstone for that, it's just a matter of finding which chiropractor is best for you.

 

Fibromyalgia

This 56 year old female was involved in a motor vehicle accident about 4.5 years ago where her car was hit by another car. She had mild whiplash and subsequent neck pain and was referred to a physiotherapist by a GP through insurance from the accident. She was originally brought to our chiropractor by her daughter after about 1 month of physiotherapy as her symptoms were getting worse, spreading towards her arms and legs. Our chiropractor diagnosed that she had components of her injury that would benefit from chiropractic care and that she could continue having physiotherapy at the same time. The patient didn't return.

4 years later, the patient was brought in again by her daughter. The patient said the GP didn't want to refer her to a chiropractor as well as a physiotherapist and she had been having physiotherapy for 4 years. She had feared that if she had chiropractic without the consent of the GP then her insurance payments for physiotherapy would be cancelled (this isn't true). The insurance had stopped paying for her treatment as she wasn't getting any improvement from physiotherapy. She had been prescribed anti-inflammatories by the GP and was taking them 3 times a day, she had trouble sleeping due to discomfort and fear about the car accident so she was prescribed medication to sleep, she had become anxious too as she had constant pain and was afraid of travelling in a car so her GP prescribed her anti-anxiety medication and she had also become depressed as she was not able to work and had constant pain and wasn't getting much improvement so the GP prescribed her anti-depressants.

She was diagnosed by our chiropractor as having fibromyalgia and accepted for chiropractic care. On her first chiropractic session she had chiropractic adjustments to her neck and pelvis and her balance before and after were video taped. The result can be seen below.

There was a significant increase in integration on a neurological (brain) level from the single session of chiropractic adjustments. The before and after video was only a few minutes apart. She continued to have chiropractic care consistently and had a slow but satisfactory result. By 5 months of chiropractic care she had good balance, limited symptoms, she only took anti-inflammatories when needed (a couple of times a week) and was only infrequently using the sleeping medication. She went from a mentality that was "shut down" to being open and reporting that she felt happy. Review of her anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications with her GP was recommended by our chiropractor. At 5 months of chiropractic she was at the stage of reporting 90% restored to good health after chiropractic sessions which only regressed to 70% by her next session, 2 weeks later.

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