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Resolution of cervical radiculopathy in a woman after chiropractic manipulation

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Structural and chiropractic

J Chiropr Med.2008 Mar;7(1):17-23.

Authors:

W M Whalen

Abstract.

Objective: To describe a case regarding a woman with 2-level cervical disk herniation with radicular symptoms conservatively treated with chiropractic care including high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation with complete resolution of her symptoms. Clinical features: A 40-year-old woman developed right finger paresthesia and neck pain. Results of electrodiagnostics were normal, but clinical examination revealed subtle findings of cervical radiculopathy. A subsequent magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large right posterolateral disk protrusion and spur impinging on the right hemicord with moderate to severe central canal and right neuroforaminal stenosis at C5-6 and C6-7. She was treated with HVLA manipulation to the cervical spine, as well as soft tissue techniques, traction, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and exercise. Intervention and outcome: Her clinical findings and symptoms resolved within 90 days of initiating care and did not return in 1 year. There were no untoward effects, including transient ones. Conclusion: This case describes the clinical presentation and course of a patient with multilevel large herniated disks and associated radiculopathy who was treated with HVLA manipulation and other conservative approaches and appeared to have good outcomes.

Publication Date: 

2008 Mar

OEID: 

4998

Whalen, MW. (2008) 'Resolution of cervical radiculopathy in a woman after chiropractic manipulation', J Chiropr Med.2008 Mar;7(1):17-23.

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