Case Study on Chiropractic Care for Long-term Chest Pain

The February 2003 issue of The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, (JMPT), released a case study of a 49 year old man who suffered with chest pain. The individual, a music composer, had been working out on a treadmill during a part of his normal physical workout routine when he developed a dull and achy chest pain with some breathlessness. The individual didn't get immediate help for the issue, convinced that it would eliminate on its own.

Over the subsequent two weeks, the pain elevated and the individual sought medical care. A trip to his internist discovered the patient's blood pressure was 140/97. He was identified as having 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 medicine, nearly all of the man's issues appeared to worsen. After intensive testing, all findings were considered normal, and the internist declared that the individual's heart and lungs were healthy. Over time, the individual's symptoms had steadily worsened to the point that the chest pain radiated forcefully directly into his upper back as well. The pain was so extreme he was not able to rest at night or carry out simple activities of everyday living without escalating his pain. Anxiety over the seriousness of his situation also started 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.

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