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“Metastatic Degeneration of C6”
“Today I want to say thank you to everyone who I owe a thank you to” Mark Studin 2018
I received this from Dr. Aaron Smith in Texas who is Trauma Qualified. The patient came under care complaining of severe neck and upper thoracic pain. It was a long-termed patient for several years and was diagnosed with lymphoma 4 months ago. Before beginning care, Dr. Smith mandated a written clearance from the oncologist. The oncologist reported that 4 weeks before the pain beginning, a PET scan was normal.
The day before the visit with Dr. Smith, the patient went to the emergency room, and they ordered a thoracic CAT Scan because the pain was predominantly in the Upper Thoracic spine. With that, Dr. Smith performed passive therapy (heat-electric stim) for 4 visits over 2 weeks as there were no neurological radiating symptoms. Upon a re-evaluation in 2 weeks, he referred the patient to a pain management specialist as the pain persisted and collaboratively an MRI of the Cervical Spine was ordered.
Below are the MRI results.
Pathologic fracture due to Metastatic Disease from recently diagnosed lymphoma.
If Dr. Smith would have adjusted the patient vs. working collaboratively with the pain specialist, there is a high possibility that he would have created spinal cord issues and paraplegia or quadriplegia could have followed.
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Adjunct Associate Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Post Graduate Faculty, Cleveland University-Kansas City, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Graduate Medical Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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