Case reports are used to expand knowledge of a particular health care field. These reports also highlight management of complicated cases or unexpected outcomes of treatment. Here are summaries of three notable case reports from the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published between April and May of 2015.
1. Infertility – a 27 year old female had been diagnosed with infertility and under medical treatment for 6 months before initiating chiropractic care. Her chief complaints in the chiropractic office included chronic low back pain, infertility, dizziness, and sinus problems. After 2.5 months of regular chiropractic care, she conceived. She also reported decreased dizziness and less sickness during her chiropractic care program.
2. Diabetes – a 67 year old female was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus at age 40. She also reported headaches, digestive problems, neck pain, and back pain. Upon starting chiropractic care, she was taking 92 pills per day. After four chiropractic adjustments, she visited her medical doctor and was able to stop her insulin injections due to improved blood sugar levels. After three months of chiropractic care, she was able to reduce her daily medications down to 21 pills per day.
3. Sensory Issues – a 5 year old female was diagnosed with sensory modulation disorder, which presented as issues with energy and concentration. Upon consulting with a chiropractor, her family reported that she also had constipation and OCD symptoms. She had a complicated birth, which required an emergency C-section after 24 hours of labor. The patient had used corrective eyeglasses, along with speech, occupational, and psychiatric therapy, prior to beginning chiropractic care. After 10 chiropractic treatments, her family noted improved sleeping, better moods, and more frequent bowel movements. The patient still has some developmental delays and includes regular chiropractic checkups in her health care regimen. According to the child’s medical doctor, “The most significant thing about this case is the patient’s nearly immediate ability to focus, concentrate, use her words more effectively, and control her emotions post adjustment. This has made a tremendous difference in the parent’s ability to cope with their daughter’s challenges.”
All of these patients exhibited indicators of neurospinal dysfunction, also known as vertebral subluxation. According to Yachter and Jarry, who provided the case report on diabetes:
Vertebral subluxations can have the ability to affect the body’s communication processes and thus interfere with the normal mechanisms of the body. By correction and removal of these subluxation complexes the body has the ability to maintain normal function by feed forward and feedback mechanisms to maintain homeostasis. According to the neurodystrophic model and dysafferentation model, without correction of the interference (subluxation) the body is unable to function at its full potential thus continuing a declining process within the body which then presents as more severe complications stated previously. As stated in multiple case reports presented in this discussion, there are a variety of chiropractic techniques that can be used to care for a patient with any presentation but generally share the common objective of correcting spinal nerve interference caused by vertebral subluxation.