Elster, EL.  Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics  2000 Oct; 23(8): 573-7

ABSTRACT: Objective: To discuss the use of upper cervical chiropractic management in managing a single patient with Parkinson’s disease and to describe the clinical picture of the disease.

Clinical Features: A 60-year-old man was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 53 after a twitch developed in his left fifth finger. He later developed rigidity in his left leg, body tremor, slurring of speech, and memory loss among other findings.

Intervention and Outcome: This subject was managed with upper cervical chiropractic care for 9 months. Analysis of precision upper cervical radiographs determined upper cervical misalignment. Neurophysiology was monitored with paraspinal digital infrared imaging. This patient was placed on a specially designed knee-chest table for adjustment, which was delivered by hand to the first cervical vertebrae, according to radiographic findings. Evaluation of Parkinson’s symptoms occurred by doctor’s observation, the patient’s subjective description of symptoms, and use of the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale. Reevaluations demonstrated a marked improvement in both subject and objective findings.

Conclusion: Upper cervical chiropractic care aided by cervical radiographs and thermal imaging had a successful outcome for a patient with Parkinson’s disease. Further investigation into upper cervical injury has a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease should be considered.

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