Case Study: Moderate Spinal Cord Injury – Patient Zero

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Case Study Submission by: Dr. George Gonzalez, D.C., QN

List of patient’s conditions and chief complaints:

  • 29 Year Old Female
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) – L5 & sacral nerves
  • Sensory Loss – paraesthesia: saddle, posterior Legs and bottom of feet
  • Walking Difficulty – pain in low back, legs & feet
  • Urinary – frequency, urgency & incontinence
  • Low Back Pain – constant
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ABSTRACT

SITUATION

The patient (my wife, Lori) was a 29-year-old female who worked as an administrative assistant who was healthy and physically active before injury. She was previously diagnosed with a stable broken vertebra at L5 (stable grade 1 spondylolisthesis). This vertebra is commonly broken in girls who do gymnastics and horseback riding in their teen years. Lori had gone for a massage and informed the massage therapist of her back condition. Against Lori’s wishes, the massage therapist performed a downward thrust on her low back in an attempt to manipulate the spine. She immediately experienced a mild itching sensation on the bottom of her feet. By that evening, Lori was not able to walk and was experiencing severe pain in her low back, legs, and feet. Lori’s “saddle” areas (all the areas which would touch a saddle when riding a horse), groin, and backside, as well as the back of her legs and the bottom of her feet were completely numb. She was able to maintain bladder control, but experienced urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence. Further, Lori could walk but only with pain and difficulty; she could not feel the soft tissue of her feet, but only the bones. She described it as feeling as though she were walking on sharp rocks while barefoot.

Lori sustained her spinal injury during my last term in chiropractic college. Nothing that I had learned in school prepared me for such a difficult case. No doctor of any profession was able to help us at that time. Over the next few years I developed the concepts and rehabilitation protocols that today make up Quantum Neurology™ Rehabilitation.

PRESENTATION

As my patient, Lori presented with a moderate spinal cord injury primarily affecting the L5 and sacral nerves. This created saddle paraesthesia (numbness) bilaterally along her groin and backside, the back of her legs, and the bottom of her feet. She had severe pain in her back, legs, and feet when walking. She experienced urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence. She could not find a comfortable position (sitting, standing, or laying down). Warm temperatures and warm water (especially a warm bath) would exacerbate her symptoms. She could not wear shoes with heels or shoes that fully covered the foot but rather only clogs and sandals.

REHABILITATION

The techniques and protocols that are used in Quantum Neurology™ Rehabilitation were inspired by Lori’s spinal cord injury. In the beginning, as I developed the techniques, the results were slow. I would have to perform multiple corrections throughout the day because she would become re-injured very quickly. I feel that someone who sustains a similar injury today would recover much more rapidly because of the fullness of the techniques available through Quantum Neurology™ Rehabilitation. Motor, sensory, and visceral rehabilitation were performed. The techniques used included: Myotome Rehabilitation, G-POI™, Cranial Nerve Rehabilitation, ERACE™, MELT™, GAP™, SuperGAP™, and Allergy Desensitization. Instruments used were the ArthroStim®, and VibraCussor® and various light therapy devices including the GRT LITE™.

OUTCOME Lori and George

Lori is currently 39 years old. Although her rehabilitation was slow the first few years, she has made a complete recovery of full sensation to all areas previously affected by the injury. She no longer suffers from pain in the lower back, legs, or feet. The urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence issues have also been resolved. Two to three times per year, she may experience an occasional flare-up of symptoms that last only a couple of days until rehabilitation restores her to full health once again.

Residual effects from her injury include not being able to sit in a hard-backed chair at 90 degrees; she prefers to be more reclined. Although she can now walk at a brisk pace, it does not match the speed at which she walked before her injury, and she depends on the support of pillows under and between her knees when sleeping to take the stress off her back. Although Lori experiences occasional residual effects from her spinal cord injury, she now lives an active lifestyle, enjoying Pilates, yoga, trampoline, and treadmill exercise three-to-five times per week.

CONCLUSION

Those first months and years after my wife’s injury were the darkest of days. This work was inspired out of love and kindness, yet while developing this work, I had no idea that it would ultimately help so many people and change so many lives. My wife and I, therefore, were able to transform our darkest moment into a beacon of light and hope. I pray that you and your loved ones can also benefit from this life-transforming work.

Lori discuses her injury and Quantum Neurology™

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