The Chiropractic Doctors' Association of Hong Kong


Chiropractic pain control in Myelofibrosis

Dr Eric Chu (CDAHK Chairman) and Sir Y.K. Pao Centre for Cancer & Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, CUHK, had reported a research case where pain control was satisfactory with chiropractic care in a patient with myelofibrosis. 

Background: Myelofibrosis (MF) is a rare hematological disease. Currently available therapies mainly offer symptom control with limited curative benefits. Case presentation: A 58-year-old man old man presented with MF for several years and had undergone splenectomy and targeted therapy with ruxolitinib. During the last 3 years of his life, he suffered from intractable bone pain that was resistant to medical, analgesic and physical therapies. However, significant pain alleviation was achieved shortly after starting chiropractic treatment. Patient’s condition continued to deteriorate and he died of septic complications. Conclusions: Bone and joint pain is the common symptom of cancer. This report highlights the potential benefits of integrating chiropractic into a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. In rare diseases like myelofibrosis, the main limitation of this report was the lack of the related references for comparative analysis. Further studies regarding the efficacy of chiropractic therapy in controlling various cancer pains are needed to guide decision making.