International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IJCEM) performed a study and published on October 30, 2016, in the study, it showed that patients with neck pain and instability in the upper neck are reduced with chiropractic care. The two upper bones in the neck are clinically known as the atlantoaxial joint. This study points out that problems, for example in the instability of the atlantoaxial joint, are considered serious due to their elevated risk of neurological conditions. A variety of physical approaches have been utilized in the treatment of atlantoaxial instability. This study was designed to see how a chiropractic procedure would affect this issue. Out of 128 patients that were studied, diagnosed with atlantoaxial instability were divided into two groups of 64. For the participants to be included, they had to have atlantoaxial instability confirmed by x-rays, as well as suffering from a variety of health issues, including pain symptoms in the upper neck, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, difficult in rotating the head, or being anxious. Patients with serious conditions such as heart, liver, or kidney disease were excluded to this study. One group of 64 was the control group whom only treated with a form of traction, as the other group of 64 received a chiropractic procedure. The chiropractic care and the control group care in this treatment was rendered for only less than a month. A follow-up evaluation completed one year later to evaluate the effectiveness of the care in the two groups.
The results of the study were evaluated on all participants using a scale that included the following:
Cure: The patient’s chief complaints and painful palpation were diminished. Cervical plain film radiograph shows normal atlanto-axial joint.
Marked effective: The patient’s chief complaints are reducing.
Effective: The patient’s chief complaints are partially dissipating.
No Effect: The patient’s chief complaints are not alleviated and the cervical plain film radiograph shows unremarkable.
The results showed that the group receiving chiropractic treatment had significantly improved rather than the control group. In the chiropractic group, the results showed that 28 cases (43.7%) were resolved, 20 cases (31.3%) were marked effective, 13 cases (20.3%) were effective, and 3 cases (4.7%) showed no change.
The authors of the study concluded, “These results suggested that this chiropractic techniques were better than the control in the treatment of atlantoaxial instability with higher therapeutic effective rate and lower reoccurrence rate at the end of 1-year follow-up.”
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