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Justin Dick, D.C. & Sarah Hock, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ September 7, 2017 ~ Pages 147-151



Objective: The purpose of this case study is to report the presentation and intervention for a U.S. military veteran who received chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation at a teaching facility. 

Clinical Features: The patient presented with low back and neck pain spanning 12 years and under the Veterans Affairs Medical Center was deemed 100% disabled. 

Intervention & Outcomes: Lumbar Oswestry, Neck Disability, vitals, range of motion, orthopedic, and neurological exams were used to analyze physical examination findings both before and after spinal adjustment for vertebral subluxation. The patient was continually re-evaluated as care progressed over a 6-month period. The patient’s Lumbar Oswestry, Neck Disability Index, vitals, range of motion, orthopedic, and neurological findings all improved under care. Patient was able to resume ambulating unassisted and regained the ability to perform many activities of daily living. 

Conclusions: This patient initially received medical care with a classification of 100% disability and can now resume activities of daily living with no complication following the delivery of chiropractic care for vertebral subluxations. More rigorous research, such as a clinical trial design would help to answer the question of effectiveness of the chiropractic care. 

Key words: Chiropractic, subluxation, adjustment, veteran, military

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