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Mckeon Buffamonte
Christopher Mattina
Mathew Dimond


Orofacial Pain, Palate Pain, Laser Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation


Objective: To illustrate an exploratory trial of therapy provided to a patient with severe hard-palate pain presenting to an outpatient chiropractic clinic, and the clinical rationale regarding therapy associated with the exhibited case.

Clinical Features: A 76-year-old male had a 2-year history of hard-palate pain centering posterior to the left lateral incisor, following an insidious onset. The patient had seen past healthcare providers for the complaint and subsequently sought chiropractic care. The Patient-Specific Functional Scale (8/10) and Numeric Pain Rating Scale (8/10) were used as outcome assessments.

Intervention Outcomes: The chiropractic interventions included chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT), craniofacial manual therapies, and laser therapy; a reduction of pain centering around the hard-palate was exhibited. The patient demonstrated mild reductions in pain, chronicity, and continuous involvement regarding his presenting complaint.

Conclusion: Following a trial of chiropractic care, a 25% reduction in the patient’s condition was noted. Ultimately, this suggests that these interventions may be therapeutically beneficial for such a unique presentation. However, further analysis and research is warranted.


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