Christina Cole, B.S., D.C., CIVCA & Grant Tully B.S., D.C., CIVCA
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ November 26, 2018 ~ Pages 173-179
Objective: The objective of this article is to explore the role of animal chiropractic in helping canines suffering from hind end paralysis secondary to vertebral subluxation and intervertebral disc disease. This retrospective case series evaluates 24 canines that were managed in our practice.
Clinical Features: Each of the 24 canines was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease by their veterinarian. The veterinarians suspected that the hind end paralysis was related. In most cases they recommended an MRI and surgery. The owners wanted to explore a different route before going through with surgery. There were numerous reasons for this, but the predominant issue was the cost of the MRI, surgery, and rehab.
Interventions and Outcome: Each canine was evaluated and adjusted using techniques taught by Options for Animals and approved by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Vertebral subluxations were found throughout the spine but were concentrated in the lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine which correlated with the location of intervertebral disc disease. Each canine that presented for care eventually regained the ability to walk. The amount of time needed to recover varied by the presenting prognostic symptoms of each canine.
Conclusion: It appears that chiropractic care may be beneficial for managing canines suffering from hind end paralysis related to intervertebral disc disease and vertebral subluxation. Further controlled studies are needed.
Keywords: chiropractic, subluxation, adjustment, paralysis, paraplegia, canine, alternative health, intervertebral disc disease, disc herniation