New Study Shows Chiropractic Relief for Patients With Spinal Fusion Nerve Pain


Adjacent segment disease, a known complication of spinal fusion, can also be caused by degenerative changes in the neck. Now, chiropractors from the Chiropractic Physicians Association of Hong Kong (CDAHK) and the Open University have teamed up to explore spinal alignments and neurological pathology in hopes of improving treatment.

The team has published a new article in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care outlining their findings (1).

Numerous clinical studies have shown that degeneration causes neck pain (2-10), headaches (11-14), dizziness (15-17), numbness (18-20) and problems with stomach (21-23). All spine surgeries that alter movement through a joint can add additional stress on adjacent vertebrae. These conditions can easily compress the nerves, causing pain.

“The patient with neck pain may be caused by spinal surgery performed 30 years earlier. Chronic illnesses are often difficult to manage. Described by Dr. Eric Chun-Pu Chu, researcher at New York Medical Group (NYMG) and president of CDAHK.

Bone spur, scoliosis (24-27), disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, spinal instability are just some of the radiographic abnormalities (28-41) seen in neighboring segments. The goal was to find the biomechanical balance that can relieve discomfort and avoid unnecessary surgery.

A chiropractic adjustment was used to release the restriction, as well as soft tissue mobilization was applied to alleviate the stiffness (42). AI Robotic Rehabilitation (MID®) was administered to decompress the spine. The patient reported reduced symptoms and regained strength.

Patients with spinal fusion neck pain who progressively develop neurological disorders are candidates for minimally invasive surgery. The current study aimed to bridge the gap between primary and tertiary care in the treatment of degeneration.

Elderly patients with degenerative pain demand better health care (43-45). Before considering surgery, patients should always consider conservative treatment as an option.

The references

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2) Chu CE. Prevention of text neck progression in a young man: about a case. Radiol Case Rep. 2022 Mar;17(3):978-982.
3) Chu EC, Wong AY, Lee LY. Craniocervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: about a case and brief review. AME Case Rep. 2021;5:12.
4) Chu EC, Wong AY, Lin AF. Isolated neck extensor myopathy associated with cervical osteoarthritis: case report and brief review. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskeletal Disorder. 2020;13:1179544120977844.
5) Chu ECP, et al. Atlanto-rotatory subluxation in a 10-year-old boy. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskeletal Disorder. 2020;13:1179544120939069.
6) Chu ECP, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Plausible impact of forward head posture on upper cervical spine stability. J Family Med Prim Care. 2020 May;9(5):2517-2520.
7) Chu EC, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Secondary atlanto-axial subluxation in isolated cervical dystonia – a case report. AME Case Rep. 2020;4:9.
8) Chu ECP, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Remission of recalcitrant dermatomyositis following chiropractic adjustment. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 Nov;8(11):3742-3744.
9) Chu ECP, Bellin D. Remission of myasthenia gravis after cervical adjustment. AME Case Rep. 2019;3:9.
10) Chu EC, Pong JC. Spontaneous resolution of myopic retinoschisis. AME Cas Rep. 2019;3:3
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21) Chu ECP, Lee LYK. Cervicogenic dysphagia associated with cervical osteoarthritis: about a case and brief review. J Family Med Prim Care. 2021 Sep;10(9):3490-3493.
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35) Chu ECP, Chan AKC, Lin AFC. Pitting edema in a poliomyelitis survivor with lumbar radiculopathy complicated by herniated disc. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 May;8(5):1765-1768.
36) Chu EC, Yip AS. A rare presentation of benign acute myositis in children. Clin Case Rep. 2019 Mar;7(3):461-464.
37) Chu C. Collapse of dependent edema following chiropractic adjustment for discogenic sciatica. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. March 2018; 5(1):1-4. doi: 10.5334/ejmcm.250.
38) Chu C, Wong RS. Chiropractic control of pain in myelofibrosis: about a case. New horizons in clinical case reports. August 2017; 2:7-9.
39) Chu C. Chiropractic care for postlaminectomy syndrome. International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences. July 2017; 6(3):185-187.
40) Chu C. Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia complicated by psoas abscess. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. November 2015; 3(11):383-386.
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