Objective: The chiropractic care of children represents a substantial aspect in the CAM therapies of children. Although several studies document the chiropractic care of adults for mainly musculoskeletal complaints such as neck pain and low back pain, little is known about the care of children. The purpose of this study was to determine the kinds and types (and reasons) of presenting complaints by children (i.e., +/- 18 years of age) to chiropractors.
Methods: Chiropractors and parents of children attending chiropractic care (range 1-12 visits completed a self-administered questionnaire inquiring on information regarding a child’s visits to the chiropractor within a practice-based research network.
Results: Based on chiropractor and parent responses, “wellness care” was the most common reason for a child’s presentation for chiropractic care. Of the indicated specific clinical presentations, musculoskeletal complaints were the most common followed by the non-musculoskeletal conditions of childhood.
Conclusions: The chiropractic care of children consists of both musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal disorders in addition to wellness care.
Joel Alcantara, DC 1
- Research Director, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA and Private Practice of Chiropractic, San Jose, CA, USA
This study was funded by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA, USA
Accepted for publication. Clinical Chiropractic, 2009.