Dandy Walker Syndrome (DWS) is a rare group of brain malformations that happen during birth. If you or anyone you know suffers from any or multiple symptoms that could be a result of DWS, chiropractic care can help.
DWS involves the cerebellum, which controls movement. Therefore, the symptoms that commonly affect patients include slow motor development, enlargement of the skull, irritability, vomiting and convulsions.
A 13 year old female went to see the chiropractor for the first time and complained of right sided headaches, neck pain and low back discomfort. Her history showed that she had been diagnosed with DWS since birth and has a device in order to drain excess fluid that causes swelling of the brain. Over the last 6 months, she had been experiencing neck pain, headaches around the area that the device was placed.
On her first visit, she received adjustments to address the joint dysfunction and subluxations detected and 2 days later at her next visit, it was revealed that she had not experienced headaches or neck pain since beginning care. To address her low back pain, she was taught exercises and was instructed to perform them at home. Following these instructions, the patient reported that her back pain had subsided.
The implementation of the treatment plan on this adolescent with DWS was able to reduce the patient’s headache, neck pain and low back discomfort and ultimately improve the patient’s quality of life.
Maroon, S., Floyd, R., Varnum, C., & Alcantara, J. (2014, June 13). Resolution of Neck Pain and Headaches in a 13 year old Female with Dandy Walker Syndrome & Vertebral Subluxations. Maternal & Family Health, 30-36.
If you or anyone you know suffers from symptoms associated with Dandy Walker Syndrome, know that there are numerous studies that display that there are benefits of chiropractic care to help those who suffer from DWS.