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Cox Decompression of a patient with postsurgical lumbar fusion

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

  • Ralph A. Kruse, DC, DABCO, Jerrilyn A. Cambron, DC, PhD

Received 17 November 2010; received in revised form 11 January 2011; accepted 18 January 2011.

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.

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