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J Chiropr Med. 2011 Dec;10(4):255-60.

Cox decompression chiropractic manipulation of a patient with postsurgical lumbar fusion: a case report.

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Chiropractic Care, Ltd and Chiropractic Care Millennium Park, Chicago, IL., USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this case report is to describe a patient with an L5/S1 posterior surgical fusion who presented to a chiropractic clinic with subsequent low back and leg pain and was treated with Cox decompression manipulation.

CLINICAL FEATURES:

A 55-year-old male postal clerk presented to a private chiropractic practice with complaints of pain and spasms in his low back radiating down the right buttock and leg. His pain was a 5 of 10, and Oswestry Disability Index score was 18%. The patient reported a previous surgical fusion at L5/S1 for a grade 2 spondylolytic spondylolisthesis. Radiographs revealed surgical hardware extending through the pedicles of L5 and S1, fusing the posterior arches.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:

Treatment consisted of ultrasound, electric stimulation, and Cox decompression manipulation (flexion distraction) to the low back. After 13 treatments, the patient had a complete resolution of his symptoms with a pain score of 0 of 10 and an Oswestry score of 2%. A 2-year follow-up revealed continued resolution of the patient's symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cox chiropractic decompression manipulation may be an option for patients with back pain subsequent to spinal fusion. More research is needed to verify these results.

KEYWORDS:

Chiropractic; Lumbar vertebrae; Manipulation, spinal; Spinal fusion; Spondylolisthesis

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