Alleviating cervical radiculopathy by manipulative correction of reversed cervical lordosis: 4 years follow-up
Structural and chiropractic
J Family Med Prim Care.2021 Nov;10(11):4303-4306.
E C P Chu
Cervical radiculopathy is a neurologic condition caused by nerve root compression in the cervical spine, resulting in pain, numbness, sensory or motor dysfunction in the upper extremities. We present the case of a 57-year-old woman working as an insurance agent who suffered from chronic neck pain and numbness in the left arm for six months. Cervical radiographs revealed a reverse in natural lordotic curve. The patient was diagnosed with left C6 radiculopathy due to cervical spondylosis. Since cervical traction, rehabilitative exercise, acupuncture, and pain medicines previously failed to provide a long-lasting relief of symptoms, the patient sought chiropractic care. She was treated with spinal manipulation in combination with intermittent motorized cervical traction for three months. As a result of care, the patient experienced complete relief of symptoms, full cervical mobility, and high WHO Quality of Life score. A restoration of cervical lordosis was demonstrated on the 4-year follow-up radiograph.