How was I able to help a patient end 50+ days of a chronic daily headache? What could I see on a simple x-ray that radiologists could not see on a CT scan or an MRI? Why did it take a referral from a family friend to get this patient into a chiropractor?
All very interesting questions. Let’s dive in.
How we ended chronic daily headaches for this patient
Most of the details are found in the short video above. But here is a brief summary.
- A 21 year old male was hit in the head by a fallen branch
- He was diagnosed with a mild concussion
- Some months later he started noticing headaches
- His headaches here and there turned into a 50+ day marathon of one continuous headache
- At the same time he began noticing his short term memory was becoming a problem – he had to focus more to remember and stay on task
- In the meantime a CT scan and an MRI revealed “nothing” that could explain his headaches
- He was referred to our office by a family friend, where a free screening showed external signs of internal stress
- We took an x-ray which showed his first neck bone was tucked up against the back of his skull
- And he had a major misalignment of his upper cervical spine (top of his neck), which was corrected very gently over a series of visits
Over the next 4 to 6 weeks his headaches became less and and less finally faded away.
More than just a 50 day headache went away
An after image of his neck revealed a change in the position of his first neck bone (atlas) and an improvement in his reverse cervical curve.
A lot of unnecessary headache suffering could be ended if:
- people were not so programmed to fear all spinal care,
- and radiologists sent their negative CTs and MRIs for a structural evaluation by a chiropractor
Thank goodness this young man was smart enough to get a second opinion.