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Treatment of a Cerebral Palsy Patient: A Case Study

The author reviews the literature and questions the traditional treatment approaches, which focus on treating inflammation and breaking adhesions. The concept of adhesive capsulitis as the only cause of "frozen shoulder" is challenged. The author proposes an alternative treatment protocol that addresses specific patterns of joint dysfunction and myofascial disorder.

Comment:   Dr. Ferguson utilized spinal adjustments and shoulder adjustments. A 40 year old woman who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2 was placed under chiropractic care. She had been in severe pain her whole life. M.D.s told her she would have to "learn to live with it."

From the article:   "The patient began to respond to treatment almost immediately, and improvement continued gradually over about the first 2-3 weeks." Within two months of beginning care, "The patient...stated that this is the first time in her life that she has ever been free of pain."

Sweat R, Ammons D Today's Chiropractic Nov/Dec 1988. P.51-52.