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Presumptive spondylogenic pruritus: a case study


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Structural and chiropractic

J Can Chiropr Assoc.2020 Aug;64(2):139-143.


L J Faye, B S Budgell


Objective: To describe a case of a patient with chronic pruritus of the upper back and arms who underwent complete resolution of his complaint following a short course of chiropractic care. Case presentation: A 36-year-old male suffering with chronic, severe pruritus affecting the upper back and both arms, presented for chiropractic treatment after pharmacological treatment and dietary restrictions failed to resolve his complaint. Physical examination revealed restrictions of thoracic and cervical intervertebral motion. However, radiological examination did not identify any substantial pathology of the spine. Following a short course of chiropractic treatment, which included spinal manipulation and home exercises, his complaint of pruritus resolved completely. Summary: In this case, a severe and chronic complaint of pruritus which was refractory to other forms of care resolved quickly after the institution of chiropractic care. It is therefore hypothesized that the patient's pruritus was etiologically linked to biomechanical problems of the spine.

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2020 Aug



Faye, JL., Budgell, SB. (2020) 'Presumptive spondylogenic pruritus: a case study', J Can Chiropr Assoc.2020 Aug;64(2):139-143.

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