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ID 18749
  Title Paediatric patients seeking chiropractic care: an Australian case study
Journal Chiropr J Aust. 2005 Dec;35(4):143-146
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Chiropractors qualify as primary care providers. As such chiropractors are likely to encounter patients in all age groups, however paediatrics and geriatrics are regarded as specialties in medical circles. This pilot study explores the chiropractic care of paediatric patients. Method: Thirty chiropractors were requested to record the age, diagnosis and treatment offered to all persons 18 years old and under who attended their clinics during the study period. Results: Chiropractors take care of paediatric patients with ages ranging from a week to 18 years. The chiropractors’ focus in all age groups is overwhelmingly on spinal diagnosis and treatment. Maintenance care is offered to all age groups. In this study, only patients 6 years and older presented with either headache or backache. Conclusion: Chiropractors focus on the spinal care of their paediatric patient population. Despite a good safety record, in view of the vulnerability of the very young and the unusual presentation of certain serious medical conditions in this age group, team care of the very young would seem prudent.

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