Although testimonials are replete in chiropractic on the successful care of patients with various pediatric conditions, documentation in the scientific literature is wanting. To address this issue, we provide the following case report as a first step towards establishing an evidence base for chiropractic management of the condition.
Case Presentation: The patient was an 8-year-old female with medically diagnosed Erb's Palsy. She presented with the typical ‘waiter's tip’ deformity in the right arm. Since birth, the patient had restricted range of motion in the right upper extremity at all involved joints along with muscle rigidity despite long-term medical care. Her condition affected several aspects of her life including interpersonal processes with her peers at school and in her social environment.
Methodology: Single case report.
Intervention: The patient was cared for with site-specific, low amplitude, high velocity chiropractic adjustments (Gonstead Technique) to sites of vertebral and extravertebral subluxations as well as myofascial release of the right upper extremity.
Outcome: Following 3 months of care, the patient's range of motion was bilaterally symmetrical and muscle tonicity had normalized. The patient was able to fully participate in social and sporting activities, including rock climbing.
Conclusion: This case report demonstrates a single case in which a pediatric patient suffering from obstetric palsy (i.e., Erb's Palsy) benefited from chiropractic care.
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