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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

DESCRIPTION

The pathological process involved in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a demyelinating disease, is the loss of myelin sheaths surrounding axons in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Common early manifestations of Multiple Sclerosis (MS] include paresthesias (numbness / tingling in extremities), optic neuritis (vision loss), mild sensory or motor symptoms in a limb, and cerebellar incoordination (balance loss).

Although the most common course of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a relapsing and remitting pattern over many years, the manifestation in each patient varies. In most cases, as the disease progresses, remissions become less complete. Some patients have only a few brief episodes of disability, whereas others have a relentless downhill course over months or weeks. Although not all patients become disabled, the end stage of MS often can include ataxia (inability to coordinate voluntary movement), incontinence, paraplegia, and mental dysfunction due to widespread cerebral and spinal cord demyelination.

HOW IUCCA UPPER CERVICAL CARE RELATES TO MS

While medical science has not determined the exact cause of MS, recent research is pointing towards a possible trauma-induced origin for MS.1-12 Evidence supports that trauma (in particular mild concussive injury to the head, neck or upper back) increases the risk of MS onset and/or formation of MS lesions.1-12 Following the trauma, MS symptoms can take months or years to develop.

The purpose of IUCCA upper cervical care is to reverse the trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby eliminating adverse effects upon the brain. While many MS sufferers recall specific traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls, some do not. An upper cervical examination utilizing Laser-aligned Radiography and Digital Infrared Imaging is necessary in each individual's case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from IUCCA upper cervical care can be achieved.

RESEARCH SUMMARY

By 2007, approximately 70 MS patients have been examined and treated by Dr. Elster using specific IUCCA Upper Cervical Care (see publications below). All patients showed evidence of trauma-induced upper cervical injuries during examination (upper cervical radiographs and digital infrared imaging). Many patients recalled specific incidences of trauma (auto accidents, falls, concussions, whiplashes) that could have caused their upper cervical injuries while some did not. Some traumas had occurred more than 10 years prior to the onset of MS symptoms. Even if a patient did not recall experiencing an accident or trauma to his or her neck, upper cervical injuries were found in 100% of cases examined.

CASE STUDIES

Multiple Sclerosis Case Studies

PUBLICATIONS

"Eighty-One Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis" by Erin L. Elster, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. August 2004.

"Upper Cervical Protocol For Five Multiple Sclerosis Patients" by Erin Elster, DC. Today's Chiropractic. November 2000.

"Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Report" by Erin L. Elster, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. May 2001.

ARTICLES / AWARDS

"JVSR, WCA Hit Two More Publicity Home Runs"
***To read this article, please go to the World Chiropractic Alliance web site, by clicking on the link below***
http://www.wcanews.com/archives/2004/oct6a.htm

"MS, Parkinson's Research Published"
***To read this article, please go to the Chiropractic Journal web site, by clicking on the link below***
http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/tcj/2004/sep/a.htm

"JVSR researcher focuses on chiropractic and M.S."
***To read this article, please go to the World Chiropractic Alliance web site, by clicking on the link below***
http://www.wcanews.com/archives/2001/jul/jul0201a.htm

"JVSR Research Report Spurs Widespread Interest"
***To read this article, please go to the Journal of Vertebral and Subluxation Research by clicking on the link below.***
http://www.jvsr.com/researchupdate/20010909/index.htm

"Dr. Elster Awarded 2001 Chiropractic Researcher of the Year"
***To read this article, please go to the World Chiropractic Alliance web site by clicking on the link below.***
http://www.wcanews.com/archives/2001/dec/dec0301a.htm

"An Interview with Dr. Erin Elster: 2001 WCA Researcher of the Year"
***To read this article, please go to the Today's Chiropractic web site by clicking on the link below.***
http://www.todayschiropractic.com/010102/elster.html

"New Drug-Free Method Helps Multiple Sclerosis Patients" by Erin Elster, D.C. Women's Magazine. December 1999.

"Skier Draws Attention to MS" Daily Camera. June 1999.

REFERENCES
1. Chaudhuri A, Behan PO. Acute cervical hyperextension-hyperflexion injury may precipitate and/or exacerbate symptomatic multiple sclerosis. Eur J Neurol. 2001 Nov; 8(6): 109-10.
2. Christie B. Multiple sclerosis linked with trauma in court case. BMJ (BMJ) 1996 Nov 16; 313 (7067): 1228.
3. Christie B. Appeal overturns link between multiple sclerosis and whiplash. BMJ (BMJ) 1998 Mar; 316: 797.
4. Poser CM. Trauma to the central nervous system may result in formation or enlargement of multiple sclerosis plaques. Arch Neurol 2000 Jul; 57(5): 1074-7.
5. Poser CM. The role of trauma in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis: a review. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 1994 May; 96(2): 103-10. Poser CM. The role of trauma in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis: a review. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 1994 May; 96(2): 103-10. 6. Poser CM. The pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. Additional considerations. J Neurol Sci 1993 Apr; 115 Suppl: S3-15.
7. Martinelli V. Trauma, stress, and multiple sclerosis. Neurol Sci 2000; 21(4 Suppl 2): S849-52.
8. Casetta I, Granieri E. Prognosis of multiple sclerosis: environmental factors. Neurol Sci 2000; 21 (4 Suppl 2): S839-42.
9. Rudez J, Antonelli L, Materljan E. Injuries in the etiopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. Lijec Vjesn 1998 Jan-Feb; 120(1-2): 24-7.
10. Gusev E, Boiko A, Lauer K. Environmental risk factors in MS: a case-control study in Moscow. Acta Neurol Scand 1996 Dec; 94(6): 386-94.
11. Morrison W, Nelson J. Environmental triggers in Multiple Sclerosis. Fact of fallacy? Axone 1994 Sep; 16(1): 23-6.
12. Traynelis VC, Hitchon PW, Yuh WT. Magnetic resonance imaging and posttraumatic Lhermitte's Sign. J Spinal Disord 1990 Dec; 3(4): 376-9.
13. Goetz CG, Pappert EJ. Trauma and movement disorders. Neurol Clin (NEU) 1992 Nov; (4): 907-19.

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