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Multiple Sclerosis Patient Helped with Chiropractic: A Case Report
In the May 2001 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) comes a Case Report study of a Multiple Sclerosis patient who was helped with chiropractic care. According to the case report a 47-year-old female first experienced symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 44. These symptoms included cognitive problems and loss of bladder control. She then went to a neurologist who diagnosed her with MS after viewing multiple lesions on MRI (MS plaques). Two years later her condition worsened as she noticed additional symptoms of leg weakness and paresthesias in her arms and legs. Her condition progressively deteriorated without remission. At that point her neurologist categorized her as having chronic progressive MS and recommended drug therapy.
At this point the patient decided to begin chiropractic care. The patent's history also included a fall approximately one decade prior to the onset of her symptoms. A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed and it was determined that there was the presence of an upper cervical (upper neck) subluxation. At this point regular specific adjustments were begun to correct the subluxation. The patient's progress was monitored through observation, patient's subjective description of symptoms, thermographic scans, neurologist's evaluation and MRI. The patient continued to be cared for with upper cervical chiropractic care for two years.
The patient continued to have the chiropractic care, as well as check ups with the neurologist and MRI studies. After four months of chiropractic care, all Multiple Sclerosis ( MS) symptoms were absent. A follow-up MRI showed no new lesions as well as a reduction in intensity of the original lesions. After a year passed in which the patient remained asymptomatic, another follow-up MRI was performed. Once again, the MRI showed no new lesions and a continued reduction in intensity of the original lesions. Two years after upper cervical chiropractic care began, all MS symptoms remained absent.