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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2002 Jan;25(1):63-70.

Chiropractic care of a patient with temporomandibular disorder and atlas subluxation.

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Research Associate, Gonstead Clinical Studies Society, Santa Cruz, Calif., USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the chiropractic care of a patient with cervical subluxation and complaints associated with temporomandibular disorder.

CLINICAL FEATURES:

A 41-year-old woman had bilateral ear pain, tinnitus, vertigo, altered or decreased hearing acuity, and headaches. She had a history of ear infections, which had been treated with prescription antibiotics. Her complaints were attributed to a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint syndrome and had been treated unsuccessfully by a medical doctor and dentist.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:

High-velocity, low-amplitude adjustments (ie, Gonstead technique) were applied to findings of atlas subluxation. The patient's symptoms improved and eventually resolved after 9 visits.

CONCLUSION:

The chiropractic care of a patient with temporomandibular disorder, headaches, and subluxation is described. Clinical issues relevant to the care of patients with this disorder are also discussed.

PMID:
11898020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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