Hazeldean Family Chiropractic Clinic : Case #3
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A 30-year-old female with an initial chief complaint of chronic headaches, mid back pain, and Crohn’s disease.Findings: As you can see on her initial x-ray, there is a reversal in the cervical curve which leads to anterior head carriage of 22mm. There are also signs of the beginning of degenerative disc disease at C5/C6.
Discussion: In his book “Rejuvenation Strategy”, Rene Cailliet, M.D., wrote that anterior head carriage can lead to: improper spinal function, can add up to 30 pounds of leverage on the cervical spine, result in loss of vital lung capacity by as much as 30%, decreased gastrointestinal function, increase in discomfort and pain, and decrease in range of motion.
Progressive Examination Performed After Being Under Care for 6 Months
At her six-month exam, she reported that her headaches have decreased in frequency and intensity, and her mid back pain has also decreased. She also reported that she noticed that her digestion was much better.Findings: Slight reversal in the cervical spine with 19mm of anterior head carriage. There are also signs of the beginning of degenerative disc disease at C5/C6.
Discussion:Her symptoms are improving due to the fact that pressure is coming off the spinal cord as the reversal in her cervical curve is improving.
Progressive Examination Performed After Being Under Care for 12 Months
At her 12-month exam, she reported that she felt 80% better. She only gets the occasional headache and she no longer experiences any mid back pain. She currently was not taking any medications for her Crohn’s disease due to getting adjusted on a regular basis and proper nutrition.Findings: The cervical curve is decreased. There is 8mm of anterior head carriage.
Discussion: As you can see on her last x-ray (#3), her curve is not yet perfect, but it has greatly improved. By continuing with the spinal corrective process, we are expecting that she will keep improving.