James & Patricia
875: Cerebellar Ataxia
Craig was a normal 3-year old when suddenly he developed ataxia (failure
of muscle coordination) about 10 days after receiving a small pox vaccination.
He spent 17 days in a hospital, where he was diagnosed by neurosurgeons as
having acute cerebellar ataxia.
For the next 7 months Craig was unable to walk or talk. His eyes were jerky,
his disposition was irritable, fussy and fearful. He vomited almost every
Later, a second hospital admission resulted in a diagnosis as possible
degenerative brain disease. There was no medication or specific therapy which
This patient was then referred to Kentuckiana Children's Center by the family
minister. An extensive multi-disciplinary evaluation (which included spinal
x-rays, visual and laboratory testing) revealed numerous functional disorders.
Clinic care included chiropractic adjustments,
visual therapy, nutritional supplements, and counseling.
During the 4 years Craig was an out-patient
receiving (gratis) care and he slowly began to improve. Today, after
a complete recovery except for a slight speech disorder and a slight loss
of motor control in both hands, this young man has graduated from high school
and vocational technical college. He is currently an employed, tax paying
citizen, who drives his own car.
His parents say, "We are very grateful to Kentuckiana for all that was done
for Craig. In the beginning, we felt that maybe he would never walk again.
However, through the support given us and following the clinic care, Craig
started improving rapidly. It was fantastic! It gave us a lot of hope. He
has come a long way and we are very proud of him."
Tracy Barnes, D.C., D.I.I.C.P.
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