Case Study - Ataxia
Reporting Doctor - John S. Blye, DC
Patient -- female, age 50
MD Diagnosis -- Spinocerebellar Ataxia
Medical Prognosis -- untreatable, permanent, worsening with age
Duration -- 25 years
Previous DC care with condition -- yes
Outcome --- resolved
Brief History -- This woman described a gradually worsening condition in which she had been unable to stand with eyes closed, unable to stand looking up without falling, unable to raise her arms completely above her head without falling, and an increasing tendency toward general ataxia, frequently failing to clear doorways and bumping into objects while walking. The condition had been progressing gradually since age 25years.
Findings and Care -- Few spinal subluxations were apparent. Three cranial subluxations were found and adjusted (left parietal, sphenoid, ethmoid) on the first visit, and a fourth appeared (the occiput) on the second visit. By the third visit, the patient indicated that almost all of the ataxia symptoms had resolved for the first time in 25 years. Within two weeks (6 adjustments) all evidence of ataxia was gone. General spinal and cranial chiropractic care continued over the next 18 months with frequency diminishing to an average of 1 visit per month.
Follow-up at 18 months post initial care.
Outcome - The patient was happy to demonstrate with eyes closed, chin up and arms fully extending upward and a silly grin. No balance problems, not even slight swaying. Reported that she had not had a single ataxic episode since her cranials were adjusted.
Discussion - This is a good example of why we need to look above Atlas for subluxations.
John S. Blye, D.C.
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