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Management of Cervical Disc Herniation with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic relieves the pain of a herniated disc evidenced on MRI?

 J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1998 Jan;21(1):51-6.

Eriksen K1.

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To discuss the chiropractic management of a patient suffering from multiple complaints, including a herniated nucleus pulposus in the cervical spine diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).


A 34-yr-old man suffered from severe neck, lower back and radicular pain of 1 yr duration. He had previously received care from multiple medical specialists, with little or no results. An MRI of the cervical spine demonstrated a C6-C7 herniated nucleus pulposus. A needle electromyogram examination confirmed the presence of a C6-C7 radiculopathy with radiculopathic changes from C4-C7. X-ray analysis showed that the atlas and axis were misaligned. These X-rays were read manually (with a template) and with computer-assisted digitization. Computerized analysis also measured misalignments at the levels of L4-L5.


The patient was managed primarily with upper cervical adjusting by hand. After a period of about 1 month, a series of re-examinations revealed a dramatic improvement in all subjective and objective findings. A follow-up of > 1 yr has shown that surgery was not necessary.


This single case study suggests that chiropractic care may be a viable treatment option for patients with cervical disc herniation.

Dr. Wendee Whitehead D.C. has advanced training in upper cervical technique.  She is Board Certified in Rehabilitation and Strengthening.   She has combined the techniques of the masters to create a unique system to help patients get fast, gentle and effective results.  To start getting out of pain today call for your complimentary exam and 2-xrays (if necessary).  Call 512-451-0115 


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