Marfan’s Syndrome

There are more cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal abnormalities in individuals with Marfan's syndrome and the risk for neurologic damage is believed to be higher. Low back pain and scoliosis is considered the most frequent skeletal manifestation of the lumbar spine, with incidences ranging from 40% to 70%.

Clinical considerations in the chiropractic management of the patient with Marfan syndrome Tuling, JR, Crowther, ET, McCord, P Journal of  Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000;23:498-502

This is the case of a 25-year-old man with Marfan's Syndrome who had general neck and upper back stiffness after a motor vehicle accident. After being checked at a local hospital, he was examined by his family physician that referred him to a chiropractor.

A diagnosis of type I whiplash-associated disorder was made. Cervical care was characterized as rotary-style, manual intervention; thoracic manipulation consisted of anterior-posterior (anterior thoracic) compressive procedures. The patient had 4 adjustments and achieved full recovery within 3 weeks.

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