Chiropractic & Pain Case Studies

Case 1

Case 1 Details

  • 42 year old psychologist

  • Started Chiropractic care 03/03/16

  • Complaining of on going neck, upper thoracic pain of about a month duration

  • Pain increased by sitting and computer use

  • Initial Pain resolved by 03/28/16 after 6 visits and then started monthly treatments with good results and minimal reported pain

  • MRI of the cervical spine was ordered

  • On 10/21/2016 (7 months after first visit) patient reported new increased pain in the cervical spine.

  • Pain was reported as severe, shooting, sharp and stabbing rated 9/10

  • Reported recent cold with lots of coughing and sneezing a week prior

  • Patient further reported new pain shooting down to the left shoulder and left arm

  • Worse with sitting for long period of time

  • Better with Ice, laying down

computer use

  • Prescribed muscle relaxant (Flexeril) 10 mg po qhs and hydrocodone 5-325 mg po tid prn.

  • Second Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection 12/13/2016 combined with continued chiropractic therapy > 99% relief of neck and left arm pain

  • Emphasized importance of ongoing adjustments and physical therapy

  • No follow up with Pain needed

  • Keeps seeing Dr. Stephens

  • Happy camper

  • No PCP > Spine Surgeon > Surgery > More problems down the road

  • No High Dose Narcotics > Dependence > Addiction > Impact of life/ Job

  • What if Patient’s left arm pain improved but she continued to have neck Pain?

Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy

cervical facet
sping surgeon

Spine Structures

Case 2

  • 57 year old Male originally from NJ currently resident of McKinney

  • 5 year history of Low back, Left buttock and occasional Left leg pain

  • Patient had tried:

    • Chiropractic care on and off for about 5 years > Short term relief​

    • NSAIDs, Tylenol, Low Dose Narcotics > Minimal Relief

    • Massage therapy >Minimal Relief

    • Physical Therapy > Minimal Relief

    • Series of three Epidural Steroid Injection by another provider in Allen > Minimal Relief

  • ​Patient saw a spine surgeon in Allen who did not recommend surgery as the MRI “did not look that bad”

  • First visit 10/28/2016

  • Normal neurological exam

  • Positive straight leg raise test at 15 degrees on the left side.


Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection

Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

  • Patient reported 70% relief only for a day relief of pain from Left L5-S1 transforaminal epidural steroid injection 11/01/2016

  • He reported No improvement upon follow up on 11/17/2016

Disc Herniations Unresponsive to Injections

new approach

Old Approach: Open Laminectomy & Discectomy

New Approach: Minimally Invasive

New Approach: Ultra Minimally Invasive


  • Less

    • Trauma to muscles, ligaments

    • Bone resection>Iatrogenic Instability>Need for instrumented fusion

    • Epidural fibrosis

    • Bleeding

    • Faster recovery/ Less Postop Pain

    • Doesn’t “burn any bridges” for future revisio

    • Could be done without GA in high risk patients

screw rod

Instrumentation for Stability

Laminectomy > Instability

Adjacent level disease


Later down the Road...


New Approach: Ultra Minimally Invasive


Thermal Annuloplasty Endoscopic 

Case 2 Conclusion

  • Patient underwent Left L5-S1 endoscopic discectomy and annuloplasty on 11/29/2016

  • Upon follow up on 01/06/2017 patient reported 70% relief of his pain

  • “The best he has felt in 5 years”

  • Patient was released back to follow up with his Chiropractor to continue adjustments and therapy

  • Would like us to now focus on his shoulder

  • What if he wants the remaining back pain gone?