Neck Surgery

Chiropractic treatment of post surgical neck syndrome with mechanical force, manually assisted short-lever spinal adjustments. Polkinghorn, BS, Colloca, CJ J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001;24:589-95
A 35-year old woman had two surgeries on her neck for chronic pain: a diskectomy at C3/4 and a fusion at C5/6. Surgeries were performed 6 months apart. Neither surgery was effective. Five years after the second surgery, a third surgery was recommended but instead the patient sought chiropractic care.
Within 30 days of her first chiropractic adjustment all of her chronic symptoms had resolved. Two year follow-up revealed no more neck problems.

Chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral subluxations and unsuccessful surgery of the cervical Spine Alcantara, Plaugher, Thornton and Salem Vol 24, No 7 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Sept 2001, pp. 477-482.
This is the case of a 55 year-old male highway patrolman who fell while on duty injuring his upper back and neck.

Medical intervention led to the detection of a pheochromocytoma (tumor) that was surgically removed. The excision did not have any positive effect on the patient's neck and left arm radiculopathy. An MRI diagnosis revealed C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 disk bulge and/or herniation. An anterior cervical discectomy at C6-7 in 1992 was unproductive and the patient was left with a diagnosis of right C6-7 radiculopathy. For the next 2-3 years the patient experienced left arm weakness. A 2-month stint of traction gave no improvement.
The patient was first adjusted using a Gonstead Cervical Chair style correction, seen four times in seven days and reported a 50% improvement in movement of his left arm and a cessation of neck and arm pain. The patient was seen 16 times and received 14 adjustments. In 1997, he was seen 11 times and, in 1998, 8 times. He has returned to his previous activities and at one year following the first adjustment, has regained 50% of the mid-humerus girth differential. This paper is the first indexed report of a patient who experienced an unsuccessful cervical diskectomy who recovered after chiropractic.

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