Resolution Of Trigeminal Neuralgia In A 14 Year Old
December 8, 2012
Dr. David Zak
A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on a 14- year-old female with trigeminal neuralgia.
A 14-year-old female presented for chiropractic consultation with excruciating, intermittent left facial pain below the eye radiating into the jaw. The patient reported previous diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia.
Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as Tic Doulourex, is classically characterized by episodes of recurrent pain that are described as intense, stabbing, excruciating, unilateral, and sudden pain in the distribution of the 5th cranial nerve. Pain is intermittent lasting just a few seconds to two minutes. Typically attacks are triggered by talking, chewing, teeth brushing, shaving, light touch, vibrations from walking, applying makeup, face washing or cool wind. Brief attacks can occur a few times or hundreds of times per day. The annual incidence of trigeminal neuralgia is 4.3 per 100,000 with it occurring slightly more often in women.
Cervical (neck) x-rays, paraspinal digital infrared imaging, and other spinal examinations were used to confirm upper cervical subluxation, and an adjustment was provided to the upper neck.
The patient’s progress was monitored through pattern analysis of the subluxations, pelvic balance, leg length inequality, and observational reports from the mother and child. The patient demonstrated complete remission of symptoms after one adjustment and one year later, the patient remains asymptomatic.
The chiropractic care of a patient suffering with trigeminal neuralgia exhibited complete alleviation of symptoms, so it is feasible that chiropractic care can affect trigeminal neuralgia. Further study is recommended.
Dr. David Zak has a chiropractic office in downtown Lees Summit at 208 S.E. 3rd Street.