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Resolution of Vision Loss in a Teenage Girl Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature

Brendan Saffron D.C. & Brett Murdock D.C.

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ July 24, 2017 ~ Pages 40-44


This case study reports the resolution of vision loss in an 18-year-old female undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care.

Clinical Features:
An 18-year-old female presented to a chiropractic office complaining of mid-back, neck and low back pain, shoulder pain and numbness and tingling in both left and right arms and into her left leg and foot. After suffering a stroke four years prior, the patient underwent surgery to repair the arteriovenous structure of her right temporal lobe. Immediately following surgery she reported blurry vision and a loss of the lateral portion of the visual field of her left eye. The vision in her left eye diminished over the following three years, before becoming completely blind. She suffered from migraines and seizures as well.

Intervention and Outcomes:
After two upper cervical adjustments utilizing Toggle Recoil Technique, the patient experienced full resolution of the visual loss in her left eye. After 11 weeks her eyesight was still intact. Her migraines and seizures reduced in frequency and severity.

The patient in this case experienced a full resolution of vision loss after only two chiropractic adjustments. This outcome demonstrates that more research is necessary to determine the link between chiropractic care and visual loss.

Key Words:
Subluxation, Chiropractic, Adjustment, Toggle Recoil Technique, Vision, Seizures, Arteriovenous Malformation, Stroke, Postoperative Vision Loss