Changes in post-chemotherapy neurological deficits after chiropractic care

Changes in post-chemotherapy neurological deficits after chiropractic care

A ChiroSecure Research Update

Abstract: The objective of this case study is to report changes to ongoing neurological deficits experienced post-chemotherapy after chiropractic care.

Discussion: A 20-year-old female presented with a five-year history of chemotherapy-induced neurological deficits. She received twelve months of intravenous chemotherapy for osteosarcoma treatment. Post-chemotherapy, she reported paraesthesia in her hands and feet, which was more severe in the left arm. She also reported decreased sensation in the left leg from the mid femur to the foot as well as the right foot. At age sixteen, she was also diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

The patient was placed on a combination of chiropractic techniques, upper cervical specific and diversified, for three months. The patient was placed on a care plan consisting of twice a week for the first three weeks before a progress examination was performed. The main area that was adjusted throughout this care plan was C1.

At the progress examination on the sixth visit, the patient stated that she had experienced an improvement in mobility, strength, mood, independence, sleep, and digestion. Upper and lower limb dermatomes had improved sensation, and muscle strength was increased. Cerebellar function, eye movements, and hearing had all returned to normal. All cervical range of motion was improved, as were her RAND-36 scores.

Conclusion: This case report details changes in neurological symptoms post-chemotherapy after chiropractic care. This case report aims to be a building block for further research investigating any potential link between regular chiropractic care and improved neurological function post-chemotherapy.

Reference: Cade A, Fisher-Van de Veen W, Te Wharau C. Changes in post-chemotherapy neurological deficits after chiropractic care: A case report. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2021;2.4. URL