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Tinnitus Case Study 2

Showing the benefit of treatment by an experienced physiotherapist

 Case study 2 continued - Mary our early sixties retired heath worker

Clinical History:

mature lady with tinnitusNeck injury sustained 35 years ago with significantly more changes on X ray than would be expected for her age.

Has experienced periods of vertigo (dizziness) for at least 10 years. Tinnitus began 20 years ago.

Postural tension especially in the thorax and neck including previous episodes of dysfunction and pain in her back and neck.

Results of examination (summary):

Restricted movements of left shoulder, neck and back with significant upper and lower limb neural tension. Significant tension in the muscles of the shoulder girdle, neck, upper back, head and face.

Treatment approach, frequency, duration and the overall results:

Resolving the tension in her shoulder girdle, neck, back, head and face and in the nerves of her upper and lower limbs restored normal function.

In the process her tinnitus severity reduced (from 7 out of 10) to be scored by the patient now as between zero and 2 out of 10 and her vertigo also ceased.

The treatment duration was 3 months. The treatment frequency was initially twice per week, reducing to weekly then once a fortnight.

I saw the patient 2 years later with knee dysfunction. Her tinnitus remained at 0-2, a level which did not bother her. It was more likely to be noticed at 2/10 on waking from a deep-sleep.

She had no further symptoms in her neck, back or arm and continued with prescribed maintenance exercises.

Factors contributing to the successful outcome included:

Patient was focused on taking the time & effort to follow through with the prescribed care and exercises. Relatively low levels of stress in the patient’s life.

Mary was treated by Gabrielle Douglas, Physiotherapist -contactable at this clinic