“What is this, doc?” Such a question is always welcome at New Hampshire Spine and Sport. Sometimes there is a clear answer, and sometimes there is not. It’s a terrific discussion starter though. These inquiries typically occur at some point in the exam but occasionally surface during a chiropractic treatment visit. They always tell something helpful toward pain relief that both your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor wants for you and you want for yourself. Curious conditions may show themselves via interesting symptoms like this case of cervical spine neck pain concurrent with a case of shingles.
CHIROPRACTIC EXAM AND TREATMENT
New Hampshire Spine and Sport depends on the clinical exam above anything else. Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor listens first, tests second, and considers imaging in consideration of the first two. Each provides a bit of data to the diagnostic puzzle. In a newly published chiropractic case report, a piece of the puzzle came from a peculiar rash on a patient’s arm during his treatment plan for neck and arm pain. His story encompasses coughing, fatigue, and congestion that guided him to his primary care doctor. He received an influenza and pneumococcal vaccine. The coughing provoked some neck pain that took this 43 year old man to his chiropractor for the neck pain that was explained as constant, sharp neck pain on the left with an aching, tingling sensation down his left arm (radiculopathy) particularly into his left lateral arm, forearm, thumb and index finger. Clinical symptoms lead to a diagnosis of a C5-6 disc herniation, a very common cervical disc herniation level. Later on, he noticed a rash on his left arm that his medical consultant identified as herpes zoster shingles. It was too late for an antiviral, so he took ibuprofen for the pain related to shingles. He underwent 5 cervical spine treatments following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management cervical spine protocols in 5 weeks to resolve the arm pain, reduce the arm rash, and lessen the neck pain by 50%. Another 4 treatments over 12 weeks resulted in 80% decreased neck pain, complete resolution of left arm pain, and faint shingles rash. The patient felt he was back to normal. (1) Talk about unusual! Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor is always on the lookout for the unusual and ready to respond with an exam-based diagnosis and a relieving treatment plan for Southern New Hampshire neck pain and back pain!
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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. Steven Baroody on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he described how his patient who came to the office with severe, long-standing shoulder pain was doctored for shoulder pain with no relief. Dr. Baroody’s exam revealed a cervical disc herniation causing pain. It’s not surprising, then, that the other treatments resulted in no relief! Dr. Baroody treated the patient with the pain-relieving Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Relieving care always starts with the correct diagnosis!
Schedule your next Southern New Hampshire chiropractic visit today. New Hampshire Spine and Sport will perform the appropriate examination to suitable the proper diagnosis to deliver the best clinical outcome possible for usual and unusual causes of back pain and neck pain. See you soon!