Introduction: The objective of this case report is to discuss the clinical course of a 14-year-old female ballet dancer who sought chiropractic care for bilateral hip pain and restriction on use.
Case presentation: The bilateral hip pain and restriction was insidious and provocative on activity. A concurrent secondary complaint was bilateral knee pain on flexion and weight bearing with intermittent crepitus in her right hip the end range of motion. She had not previously received chiropractic care but was seeking primarily pain relief and to enhance her performance.
Intervention and Outcomes: Chiropractic management including full spine and extremity adjusting of the lower kinetic chain was applied to various levels throughout the 10-visit course of care, with subjective and physical findings recorded. There was rapid and persistent improvement as the care progressed. Eventual cessation of bilateral hip pain and restriction and secondary bilateral knee pain resulted in success in the patient's care objective.
Discussion: Adolescent patients with sport or overuse injuries may benefit from chiropractic management to assist them in improving joint biomechanics that can resolve injury and improve performance as well as aid in improving postural distortions. Additional studies and clinical trials should be conducted to establish the role and mechanism of chiropractic in helping adolescents with analogous presentations to this.
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