note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
Age 45, Rheumatoid Arthritis
44-year-old female was diagnosed with RA as a
teenager. She had taken arthritis medications
for years but was still affected in her knees
and wrists. On occassion, she experienced flare-ups
of her condition where both knees and both wrists
swelled substantially and she would have to have
them drained. She reported being most dissatisfied
with the condition of her wrists because those
stayed swollen no matter how much medication she
took. Her rheumatologist had no other advice so
she sought help from upper cervical chiropractic
her evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered.
She recalled being involved in an auto accident
with her parents shortly before she was diagnosed
with RA. Within the first two months of care,
she reported substantial improvement in both wrists
and knees. A few months later, she went back to
her rheumatologist for a check up and her doctor
was "wowwed" because she was so healthy.
She was able to discontinue the arthritis medications.
Age 44, Ankylosing Spondylitis
44-year-old male was diagnosed with Ankylosing
Spondylitis (a chronic inflammtory arthritic condition
of the spine that can result in spinal fusion)
16 years prior to seeking help from upper cervical
care. Over the years, he noticed a decreased range
of motion in his spine, primarily in his neck.
There had been no medical treatment available
to him other than large dosages of anti-inflammatory
medications (NSAIDS), which caused stomach bleeding.
He also tried various forms of massage to help
keep his spine loose; however the inflammation,
pain, and loss of range of motion worsened. At
the time of his initial upper cervical examination,
his 2nd through 5th cervical vertebrae were fused,
resulting in a very limited cervical range of
this 44-year-old's upper cervical chiropractic
exam, an upper neck injury was found. After the
first 4 weeks of upper cervical care, he noticed
that the inflammation had decreased, therefore
relieving the pain in his spine and allowing a
slight increase in the range of motion. After
4 months of care, he survived the entire summer
with no flareups of inflammation and described
this period as the most stable his spine had been
in a long time. He was able to participate in
a triathlon and felt fluid and smooth in his motion
which would have previously been stiff and painful.
While no reversal of the fusion in his spine is
possible, upper cervical care will keep his immune
system functioning properly and prevent further
inflammation, pain, and fusion.
Age 53, Rheumatoid Arthritis
53-year-old male was diagnosed with Rheumatoid
Arthritis (RA) one year prior to seeking help
from upper cervical care. Prior to the RA diagnosis,
he had been treated for gout (another form of
arthritis) and asthma (also an auto-immune condition).
While he thought the gout had been "cured",
he had continued problems with joint pain. He
tried many medications such as celebrex, which
didn't work. Eventually the Rheumatoid diagnosis
was confirmed through blood testing. While he
was told to take certain medications recommended
by his doctor, he chose to take a more alternative
route through acupuncture, nutrition, exercise,
and other therapies. Unfortunately, none had a
profound effect so he began reconsidering taking
the medications but he was concerned about the
long-term side effects. Before he began the medications,
he was referred for an upper cervical chiropractic
the time of his initial chiropractic evaluation,
his most profound joint pain existed in his fingers,
knees, ankles, bottoms of his feet, and left hip.
He also complained of low back and neck stiffness.
His knees were so swollen that they required frequent
draining, sometimes as many as 40-70 cc's worth
of fluid, and were so painful that he could hardly
walk. Attempting to run was impossible due to
his initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury
was discovered. He recalled several traumas in
his past which could have caused the injury including
being punched in the face in high school as well
as various sports accidents. During the first
month of care, he reported noticing little change
in the amount of swelling in his joints, however,
the pain had decreased and he could move around
a bit more. During the second month of care, the
swelling decreased somewhat so he stopped having
to drain his knees. By the third month of care,
he was reporting feeling better and not having
any flare-ups of any joint swelling. Six months
after initiating upper cervical care, he stated
that he felt "exceptional", that he
had no swelling in his joints, and was able to
go for long walks and even runs without pain.
At ten months, he said he felt "essentially
cured". When his blood work was retested,
all values were normal and the elevated rheumatoid
factor was no longer found in his blood.