Complete Cervical Kyphosis Correction and Resolution of Low Back Pain Utilizing Pierce Technique
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ November 21, 2011 ~ Pages 183-188
Objective: To review the chiropractic effectiveness of a modified Pierce Results System protocol on the correction of cervical kyphosis without the use of traction or exercise.
Clinical Features: A 41 year old female with a 2 year history of low back pain had seen multiple chiropractors in the past with no relief of symptoms. MRI revealed bulging lumbar disc, thecal sac indentation by the ligamentum flava, and neural foramina were stenotic bilaterally. Recommended for surgery by orthopedic surgeon.
Intervention and Outcomes: During the initial examination standard radiography and video fluoroscopy revealed vertebral subluxations at multiple levels. Lateral cervical radiography revealed a -51° kyphosis of the cervical curve. Following 6 weeks of adjustments, post x-ray revealed a 60° lordosis of the cervical curve, a change of 111°. The patient’s subjective low back pain complaints significantly improved as well.
Conclusion: Using video fluoroscopy to identify the specific levels of vertebral subluxations, structural changes can be made on post x-ray evaluation without the use of traction or exercise.
Keywords: Chiropractic, subluxation, cervical curve, Pierce Results System, video fluoroscopy, low back pain