A case report appeared in the June 2006 issue of Clinical Chiropractic and reported on a 69-year-old retired woman and civil servant that is a post-polio sufferer. In this case the woman exhibited left hand pains for over 40 years expierencing restricted flexion of the fingers of her left hand. The woman reported that the discomfort had increased significantly within the last 12 months.
The polio left the woman handicapped, with the muscles of her right arm being significantly wasted and affected so severely that it was now virtually useless. She also suffered from additional medical issues, some of which were related to her history of polio. The lady also reported an itching in her left hand. Her problems had been severe enough that her surgeon advised surgical procedures for her numerous problems with her left hand.
In this case the individual began a course of chiropractic treatment and received care for 13 sessions that were documented for this case study. Over this period numerous improvements were noted. Soon after her first visit, the individual noticed improvement with the feel and look of her left hand. She reported that it clearly changed color from white to more of a normal pink. Within the next few days she continued to observe hand improvement in addition to a discontinuation of her hand itching.
Following her sixth visit the patient's hand strength was measured and monitored. Over the next seven visits it considerably improved going from a measured strength of 11.5 kg to 16kg. The case study also reported a obvious improvement in her posture, with a significant visual decrease in her scoliosis and an improvement in her gait.
The case study noted that the woman returned to her surgeon after the study. They noted that the doctor was very pleased with the patient's improvement in her physical appearance and functionality in her left hand and mentioned that he believed there was no longer a need for surgical treatment or seeing her for continuing visits.
In the discussion of this case the authors reported on a previous survey of 500 members of post-polio self-help groups in Australia, and their ratings of their responses to various forms of care including chiropractic. The results of this survey showed that Chiropractors received the highest patient satisfaction ratings for being "very helpful" at 45%, and General Practitioners received the lowest percentage at 22%. Additionally, that survey showed that chiropractors were judged as providing significantly more help than the other major health practitioner groups.