Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2022-04-08T07:29:47+00:00 Dr Henry Pollard Open Journal Systems <p>The Chiropractic Journal of Australia (CJA) is a peer-reviewed journal of record dedicated to the advancement of chiropractic science, principles and practice. CJA seeks to fulfil this purpose by critical review and publication of research and scholarly works relating to the scientific bases and clinical applications of chiropractic, and supportive presentations of an educational and/or professional nature.</p> <p>CJA is proudly supported by <strong><a title="Guild" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Guild Insurance</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><a title="Contact" href="">CONTACT</a></strong></p> <p>Any enquiries</p> <p>Phone: +61 2 8844 0400<br />Fax: +61 2 8844 0499<br />Email: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> DOES CHIROPRACTIC BRANDING REFLECT CURRENT CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE? 2022-01-27T05:03:16+00:00 Henry Pollard <p>Welcome to Volume 49 of the new look Chiropractic Journal of Australia. As I ponder the start of 2022, I find myself reflecting upon a chiropractic career, that has spanned 35 years. Within this retrospective journey, my thoughts have travelled to where it all began; in 1986, when I had completed my studies at the Sydney College of Chiropractic (now Macquarie University) and was eager to start a Christmas locum for one of the three associateship positions I had acquired.</p> 2022-02-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Henry Pollard, PhD CHIROPRACTIC SCOPE OF PRACTICE AND CLINICAL COMPETENCIES IN AUSTRALIA 2022-04-08T05:51:48+00:00 Peter McGlynn Peter McCann Carl Thistlethwayte Lisa McInerney <p>This is the first of a three-part editorial series on the scope of practice (SOP) for general chiropractors in Australia as determined by undergraduate education and the development of extended scopes of practice for advanced chiropractors based on the accreditation of post-graduate educational pathways, advanced clinical competencies and titling within the Australasian Institute of Chiropractic Education (AICE).(1)</p> 2022-04-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Peter McGlynn, Peter McCann, Carl Thistlethwayte, Lisa McInerney REMISSION OF HEADACHE AND NECK PAIN FOLLOWING CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATIVE TREATMENT IN A PATIENT WITH NEUROFIBROMATOSIS 2022-02-08T03:16:45+00:00 Eric Chun Pu Chu Valerie Kok Yan Chu Alan Te-Chang Chen Benjamin Kah Chun Cheong <p><strong>ABSTRACT</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong><strong>Objective</strong>: To describe the case of a 21-year-old male with a 10-year history of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) who complained of nuchal pain (2 on a 0-10 point numeric pain rating scale, NRS) and right frontal headache (8 on NRS) for six months.</p> <p><strong> </strong><strong>Clinical features</strong>: The painful symptoms were associated with a great impact on the sleep and routine tasks during the month preceding the first presentation to the practitioner. The patient scored an 84% on the Neck Disability Index (NDI). Spinal palpation revealed restricted range of motion at C2/3, C4/5, C5/6, T1/2, T3/4 and T7/8 vertebral segments. Radiographic evaluation of the cervical spine revealed reduced cervical lordosis with Cobb angle 3°.</p> <p><strong>Intervention and outcomes</strong>: Chiropractic treatment aimed to reduce pain, muscle hypertonicity and restore spinal mobility. Treatment consisted of thermal ultrasound therapy, cervical manipulation with a high-velocity, low-amplitude force, and skin to skin contact manual adjustment. As the result of 12-month treatment, the patient experienced a resolution of neck pain and headache. He reported a reduced headache score from 8 to 0 on a scale of 10. His NDI reduced from 84 % to 8%, and cervical lordosis was restored from 3° to 20° as measured by the Cobb angle between the inferior endplate of C2 to the inferior endplate of C7.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong>: This case report details the long-term recovery of a patient with NF1 from severe headaches and neck pain following chiropractic treatment. It provides evidence and highlights the value of chiropractic intervention in improving neuromuscular functions and resolving cervicogenic headache in a patient with NF1, especially when the problems cannot be effectively solved by pharmacological or other conservative means. Chiropractic manipulative therapy may be a viable option as conservative management of musculoskeletal dysfunction resulting from NF1.</p> 2022-02-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Eric, Valerie, Alan, Benjamin A CRITICAL REVIEW OF A PUBLISHED CASE REPORT THAT INCORRECTLY ATTRIBUTED CHIROPRACTIC CARE AS A CAUSE OF VERTEBRAL ARTERY DISSECTION (VAD) 2022-02-08T03:50:22+00:00 Peter Tuchin <p><strong>ABSTRACT</strong></p> <p>Case reports are sometimes published regarding a possible association between chiropractic and cervical artery dissection (CAD). However, case reports that are poorly written or have significant omissions or weaknesses, may led to incorrect conclusions in relation to the cause of the CAD and potential negligence.</p> <p>It is important to review the issues and assess the evidence for and against chiropractic manipulation as a trigger for CAD. Using a recently published case study to highlight weaknesses and omissions in such reports. A case report is reviewed in detail and discusses the evidence assessing chiropractic manipulation as a potential trigger for CAD.</p> 2022-02-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Peter Tuchin A SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC POST-SURGICAL REHABILITATION OF AN ELBOW FRACTURE DISLOCATION FOLLOWING A BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU INJURY 2022-03-22T04:38:05+00:00 Woosang Lee Henry Pollard <table> <tbody> <tr> <td width="601"> <p><strong>Background</strong>: Term ‘the terrible triad of the elbow’ describes posterior dislocation with fracture of radial head and coronoid process, and tear of lateral collateral ligament (LCL) complex. This type of injury is historically known to be a challenging injury to rehabilitate. This paper presents a case of the “terrible triad” type injury acquired by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner during a training session and who received chiropractic post-surgical rehabilitation.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="601"> <p><strong>Case presentation</strong>: A 26-year-old Asian male injured his left elbow during BJJ training session. After transport to the hospital, closed reduction in the emergency was attempted twice but failed to reduce radial head dislocation. Later, CT scan revealed a tear of the LCL complex and a fracture dislocation of the radial head.</p> <p><strong>Intervention and outcome</strong>: The injury was managed surgically via open reduction and internal fixation procedure. The patient chose to receive chiropractic post-surgical rehabilitation. The outcome of treatment was measured using patient reported outcome measures and achieved desirable outcome after 12 weeks of management which consisted of total 15 treatment sessions. The elbow motion arc improved from 60° (extension 60° - flexion 120°) to 150° (extension 5° - flexion 155°). His Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand score improved by 78.3 points, Patient Rated Elbow Evaluation score increased by 61 points, and Upper Extremity Functional Index achieved a full score.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="601"> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong>: This report discusses the post-surgical chiropractic rehabilitation of a unique BJJ-related injury. Despite the limitation of available literature to guide development, multimodal chiropractic rehabilitation can be successful in post-surgical rehabilitation.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> 2022-03-28T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Woosang Lee, Henry Pollard SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC MANAGEMENT OF OSTEOARTHRITIC KNEE PAIN IN A MASTERS LEVEL TRIATHLETE/RUNNER 2022-04-08T07:29:47+00:00 Gary Smith <p>The purpose of this paper is to present a case study of a female masters’ level triathlete/runner with severe medial knee osteoarthritis, a history of multiple lower limb stress fractures and knee pain of 6 months duration who has been treated by a titled sports chiropractor (Australasian Institute of Chiropractic Education; AICE) using current multimodal evidenced-based management protocols. The overall burden of osteoarthritis and its management to the individual and to society is also discussed.</p> <p><strong>Clinical features</strong>: a female master’s level triathlete/runner aged 51 years who is highly competitive in her age group category at local, regional and state level events. The athlete presented to a sports and exercise chiropractor with knee pain which had prevented her from running over the previous 6 months. MRI imaging revealed severe medial knee osteoarthritis, subchondral oedema at the medial femoral condyle and full thickness chondral loss, indicating Grade 4 on the Kellgren-Lawrence classification scale.</p> <p><strong>Intervention and outcome</strong>: management consisted of 6 weeks running gait retraining, specific corrective exercise prescription and monitoring and gradual progression of exercises and running load. No manual therapy was provided during this study. At the end of 6 weeks the athlete reported subjective improvements in knee pain and running capacity. Objectively there were improvements in orthopaedic resisted muscle grading testing, joint range of motion and The Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS).</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong>: diagnosed with severe medial knee osteoarthritic deterioration and pain, the athlete had subjective and objective improvements in function and symptoms following this six-week evidenced based intervention. Further research involving larger sample sizes, longer term follow-up, males, non/binary or transgender subjects and alternative exercise protocols would assist in clarifying the optimum management in a variety of situations.</p> 2022-04-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Gary Smith