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Treatment-Related Aggravations, Complications and Improvements Attributed to Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Therapy of Pediatric Patients: A Survey of Parents

Abstract

Objective: To investigate treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements with pediatric chiropractic SMT.

Materials and methods: This study was approved by the IRB of Life University, Atlanta, GA. Data extracted include geographical information of parent (gender, age and level of education completed) and child (i.e., gender and age), presenting complaint(s), the number of office visits and treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements

Results: The data was from 389 parents (357 females; 31 males, 1 not indicated) reporting on 389 pediatric cases (181 females; 200 males, 8 not reported) attending a total of 3048 office visits.

The parents are highly educated with 39% having an undergraduate degree. Parental age ranged from 20-57 years with an average of 36.89 years. Their children ranged in age from <24 hours to 18 years with an average of 6.74 years. The primary complaints, in decreasing frequency, were musculoskeletal disorders, ear, nose, throat/ respiratory disorders and dealing with challenged child. “Wellness care” care was reported by 54% of the parents for their child’s visits.

No treatment-associated complications were reported. Two cases (“soreness and stiffness”) of treatment-related aggravation were reported but were self-limiting. Treatment-associated improvements may be characterized as decreased pain improved mood and increased immune function. Improvements unrelated to the presenting complaint(s) (N=98) were immune system improvements, improved sleeping and improved emotional state.

Conclusion:This study provides supporting evidence on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic SMT in children based on parental reports.

Alcantara J 1, Ohm J 2 and Kunz D 3

  1. Research Director, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA, USA and Private Practice of Chiropractic, San Jose, CA, USA
  2. Private Practice of Chiropractic, Media, PA, USA and Executive Director, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA, USA
  3. Research Associate, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA, USA

This study was funded by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA, USA.

Presented at 14th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care. Exeter, UK, December 2007.