A case report in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association demonstrates that chiropractic care may offer relief from trigeminal neuralgia.
The study followed the case of a 68 year-old woman. The patient had suffered from trigeminal neuralgia for the past 7.5 years, following surgery for a brain tumor.
According to the article, “after years of unsuccessful management with medication and physical therapies, a therapeutic trial of chiropractic was carried out. Chiropractic care included ultrasound, manual therapies (manipulation and mobilization), soft tissue therapies, and home stretching exercises.”
“After an initial treatment period followed by 18 months of supportive care the patient reported satisfactory improvement. It became evident that there were at least three sources of her symptoms: mechanical and/or degenerative neck pain, temporomandibular joint syndrome, and trigeminal neuralgia. While never completely pain-free, the patient continued to report that her pains reduced to minimal at times.”
“This case study demonstrates the importance of diagnosing and treating multiple sources of pain and the positive role chiropractic care can have in the management of patients with these clinical conditions.”
JCCA – September 2010;54:177-86.