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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Oct;90(10):856-9. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e318228c27c.

Cervical cord injury after massage.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan.

Abstract

We present the case of a 47-yr-old gentleman with cervical cord injury after he received massage in the neck area. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine showed a herniation of the nucleus pulposus and compressive myelopathy. The patient required surgical intervention and rehabilitation. Despite 6 mos of rehabilitation, residual hand dysfunction and minor ambulation problems persisted. Although massage has many benefits, this case reminds us that there is potential danger in performing neck massage.

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PMID:
21862908
DOI:
10.1097/PHM.0b013e318228c27c
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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