|Case Study on Chiropractic
Care for Chronic Chest Pain
The February 2003 issue of the research journal, The
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics,
(JMPT), published a case study of a 49 year old man who
suffered from chest pain. The patient, a music composer,
was exercising on a treadmill during part of his regular
physical workout routine when he developed a dull and
achy chest pain with some difficulty breathing. The
patient did not seek immediate help for the condition,
thinking that it would resolve on its own.
Over the next two weeks the pain increased and the
patient sought medical care. A visit to his internist
revealed the patient's blood pressure to be 140/97. He
was diagnosed with muscular chest pain, secondary to
tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and hypertension
(elevated blood pressure). Treatment was a prescription
of a combination of anti-inflammatory drugs and
beta-blockers. The patient felt that his beta-blockers
made him extremely drowsy, and the anti-inflammatory
drugs did not relieve his chest pain.
In spite of the medication, most all of the man's
problems seemed to worsen. After extensive testing, all
findings were deemed normal, and the internist declared
that the patient's heart and lungs were healthy. Over
time, the patient's symptoms had progressively worsened
to the point that the chest pain radiated sharply into
his upper back as well. The pain was so severe that he
was unable to sleep at night or perform simple
activities of daily living without increasing his pain.
Anxiety over the severity of his condition also began to
affect the patient's emotional well-being, and got to
the point of precluding the patient's active employment
and most physical activity.
Finally the debilitated man sought chiropractic care.
His chiropractic examination showed an increase in many
reflexes and the conclusion was that the man had
subluxations. Chiropractic care was initiated at that
time. After only one session, the man immediately rose
to a standing position after the chiropractic
adjustment, he then took a deep breath and exclaimed
that he could breathe much easier.
The patient was placed on a program of sustaining
chiropractic care, initiated 3 times per week. The study
showed that the patient responded favorably to
chiropractic, obtaining prompt relief from his symptoms.
Sustained chiropractic care rendered over a 14-week
period resulted in complete resolution of the patient's
previously chronic condition, with recovery maintained
at 9-month follow-up.