Charles Cunico DC & Marc Badiou, MSc, DC
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 12, 2020 ~ Pages 11-25
Objective: The purpose of this paper is to report on positive health outcomes in a patient with cervical radiculopathy from intervertebral disc derangement undergoing chiropractic care with the Pierce Results System.
Clinical Features: The patient began experiencing radicular symptoms in the form of pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling to the median nerve distribution site on her right arm two months prior to starting chiropractic care. During that time, the patient had an MRI taken, impressions indicating multilevel cervical protrusions, spondylosis and multilevel foraminal stenosis. The patient was considered for a surgical evaluation.
Intervention and Outcomes: A combination of Pierce care and traction were used. A total of seven Pierce Results System protocol adjustments, 13 manual traction adjustments, and 23 decompression maneuvers were given over 26 visits, in a 100-day time frame. Structural changes were observed on both X-ray and MRI along with a reduction in symptoms.
Conclusions: The use of the Pierce Results System and traction improved the patient’s subjective symptoms, as well as improved objective findings related to the structural spinal shifts noted on imaging.
Key Words: Chiropractic, MRI, Pierce Results System, cervical radiculopathy, vertebral subluxation complex, adjustment, disc herniation, disc derangement