Certified Kinesiologist, Registered Kinesiotherapist, Professional Ergonomist

by Rod
(Toronto, ON, CANADA)

I was personally injured in a Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Accident, (rear-ended), several years ago. I was fit and a well trained rehab therapist who assumed that my soft tissue injuries would heal with time and rehab.

The opposite was true. I became progressively worse with time and conventional rehabilitation.

I never received any Chiropractic Cervical manipulations but had seen a chiropractor who had the sense to hold off on manipulations until he new just what was causing my ongoing symptoms.

I had a recumbent MRI which confirmed I had, what my orthopaedic surgeon felt, was just common OA. This included, several Schmoral's Nodes, vertebral body endplate fractures, several bulging discs, and moderate facet joint degeneration. I continued with all the typical whiplash symptoms, pain, radiculopathy, parestheia, headaches, unilateral distal muscle and joint waiting, lack of concentration, fogginess, dizziness, TMJ pain and dysfunction, sleep disturbances, and debilitating cervical and lumbar back pain. None of these symptoms were taken seriously let alone understood by the several orthopaedic surgeons and physiatrists I had seen.

My Chiropractor took simple lateral stress x-rays and completed a cervical videofloroscopy, (Motion X-rays). These confirmed I had a pathological slippage of one vertebra over the next at multiple levels throughout my spine, (Loss of Motion Segment Integrity, LMSI), and 3ed degree tears of my Alar ligaments.

Finally things started to make sense to me as a Kinesiologist, I understand how structure governs function and how these new finding could be causing my symptoms. I then traveled to the USA for a Fonar Weight Bearing MRI which confirmed the lateral stress X-ray findings and actually showed the multiple ligament failures throughout my spine and also confirmed that I had a Cerebellar Tonsullar Ectopia. A tear to the Tectorial Membrane with a herniation of the Cerebellum down into the cord space blocking and disrupting normal Cerebrospinal fluid flow, (CSF).

I then completed EMG testing which confirmed nerve damage and had a SPECT Scan that confirmed a mild traumatic brain injury supporting the upright MRI findings.

I now receive orthogonal procedures from a chiropractic specialist monthly which has been the only thing able to help abate my symptoms. I have been unable to maintain any gainful employment since my accident because of the permanent impairments I suffer. However, I at least know what is causing them and how to now best manage my condition.

Thank you for sharing your story, Rod. Nasty though it is, I'm sure it'll be of encouragement to others suffering the effects of an MVA.

My rule of thumb is that MVA's always leave their mark, and in your case they obviously have been horrific. Particularly that no one took you seriously until you investigated chiropractic.

Difficult though it may be, forgive the person who did this to you, and get on with your life. Blame and anger will only make you more miserable. In short, DON'T ALLOW THIS ACCIDENT TO RUIN YOUR WHOLE LIFE.

Do your best to keep fit. Bodies in motion heal better.

Dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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