A case study published in the scientific periodical, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on April 6, 2011, documents the improvement of a woman under chiropractic care who was suffering from post-traumatic fibromyalgia. According to the author, "Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in muscles, tendons, and ligaments of susceptible individuals".
In this study, a 36-year-old woman went to a chiropractor after an automobile accident. According to the study, the woman was pulling out of a shopping center onto a road and was struck in the driver's door by a car traveling 40 to 50 mph. The woman suffered significant soft tissue injuries involving her neck, upper back, middle back, and lower back. She was transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room where x-rays were performed and medical treatment for her injuries was provided.
The medical care provided at the ER included a prescription of 800 mg of Ibuprofen. She was given a cervical collar and a lumbar support. After seven hours of observation, she was released from the hospital. She was told by the ER doctor to use ice on the sore areas for two days and to follow-up with a private physician if the pain persisted.
Three days after the accident, the woman went to the chiropractor and reported that she was still in severe pain. She had significant trouble moving her neck and any portion of her back. She reported that the pain was worse at night and caused her to have trouble sleeping.
A chiropractic examination was performed which confirmed the severe restriction of her range of motion and showed numerous other spinal fixations and misalignments. A determination was made that multiple vertebral subluxations were present and a course of chiropractic corrective care was initiated.
Results showed that the woman experienced continual improvement over the initial course of her chiropractic care. After a 12 week period, she reported improvements in her ability to get around, and a return to normal for her neck and back ranges of motion. By this point, she reported that her pain was minimal.
Chiropractic care was discontinued at that point. After several weeks her problems started to return and medical care was initiated. Numerous medical tests were performed resulting in a final medical diagnosis of post-traumatic fibromyalgia. After months of unsuccessful medical care without relief, the woman returned for chiropractic care and remained under maintenance chiropractic care for years where she showed continual improvement. At the writing of this study, the woman was still under maintenance chiropractic care and reported that her symptoms were at pre-accident levels.