NMM/OMTCase Report

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in the Management of Notalgia Paresthetica

Blakely S. Richardson, DO; Bill V. Way, DO; and Arthur J. Speece, DO
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Received: November 21, 2008

Accepted: April 17, 2009

Published: November 1, 2009

J Osteopath Med; 109(11): 605-608

Notalgia paresthetica is a chronic sensory neuropathy characterized by pruritus of the upper to middle back, typically below the left shoulder blade. Symptoms may include pain, hyperesthesia, paresthesia, and hyperpigmentation of the affected area. Although the etiologic process of this condition is poorly understood, recent correlations with degenerative spinal changes suggest that spinal nerve impingement may play a role. The authors report the case of a 59-year-old woman with notalgia paresthetica who received one 20-minute session of osteopathic manipulative treatment that focused primarily on thoracic spine and rib somatic dysfunctions. After treatment, the patient reported immediate improvement of symptoms. A discussion of this condition based on previously published literature is also provided.

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