Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain in a 75-Year-Old Man With Bilateral Developmental Hip Dysplasia

Kelvin J. Murray, Michael F. Azari

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Objective: The purpose of this case report is to describe chiropractic management of an elderly man with untreated bilateral hip joint dysplasia presenting with mild acute mechanical low back pain. Clinical Features: A 75-year-old man presented with an insidious-onset intermittent low back pain of 3. days' duration. Physical examination findings supported a mechanical cause for mild acute low back pain. Plain radiography revealed dysplasia of hip joints with absence of femoral heads and necks and bilateral high dislocation. Intervention and Outcome: Chiropractic management included vibration, mobilization, light drop-piece adjustments of the lower lumbar and sacroiliac joints, and recommendation of the use of heat at home. Treatments were given 3 times over the course of 1. week. The low back pain intensity over this period dropped from 5 to 0 on an 11-point numerical rating scale, and the patient was discharged. Conclusion: This patient with substantial postural and gait abnormalities as a result of severe bilateral hip dysplasia associated with an unusual pattern of osteoarthritic change in the spine responded favorably to a short course of chiropractic care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chiropractic Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Chiropractic
  • Hip dislocation
  • Low back pain

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