Neurofibromatosis type I: Von Recklinghausen's disease; clinical and imaging features.
Gajeski, B, Kettner, N, Awwad, E, Boesch R, J Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics February 2003: Vol. 26 – No. 2

This is the case of a 45-year-old female diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), with constant low back pain (4 months duration), headaches and cervical spine pain with bilateral upper extremity paresthesias. Multiple skin lesions and spinopelvic postural imbalances were present.

Spinal adjustments of the lumbopelvic region (exercise and physical therapy were also given) led to a reduction in pain and paresthesia with improved function.

Chiropractic management of Neurofibromatosis (von Recklinghausen’s disease): a case study. Bedell, LL, Proceedings of the national conference on chiropractic pediatrics. International Chiropractors Association, Arlington, VA, October 1993, Palm Springs, California, and November, 1993, Palm Beach, Florida.

This is the case of a 13-year-old white female patient with neurofibromatosis (Von Recklinghausen’s disease).

Chiropractic care was administered to reduce secondary symptomatology and improve posture. Symptoms included neck and lower back pain, pain in the right temple, and severe aching pain in her lower mid-dorsal region. She also experienced loss of sleep, amenorrhea and a low energy level, poor muscle tone, anorexia nervosa and depression.

The child was diagnosed with NF at age five by a Public Health Department nurse who noticed that her fine and gross motor skills were slower than normal.

Chiropractic care: a 5mm heel lift was placed on side of sacral inferiority, which was also the side of lumbar body rotation. Patient received spinal adjustments and Logan Basic once a week for one month and twice a month for two months. The heel lift was raised to 7mm after three months.

Patient reported less back pain and more energy. The effects of the anorexia have been reversed as she has gained 20 lbs. in the past year. She resumed her menses with the help of hormones. Her doctor reports, “Her general appearance has improved greatly and she looks healthier”.

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