Objective: To present the case of a 6-month-old child’s functional outcomes with non-synostotic plagiocephaly resulting from infant torticollis with concomitant vertebral subluxations following chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: A 6-month-old female presented with classic signs of a mild non-synostotic plagiocephaly and infant torticollis. Additional complaints included failure to latch and feed on the right breast, unsettled sleep patterns and regurgitation after breast-feeding. At the 3-month pediatrician checkup, all reflexes, growth and milestones were reported normal.
Interventions and Outcomes: Diversified technique was utilized to address vertebral subluxation findings. Static and motion palpation revealed indicators of vertebral subluxation at C1, C3 and sacrum. Following the first adjustment to C1, immediate improvement of global and segmental range of motion was noted. No signs of patient irritability remained with passive motion. Instantaneous engagement in active head rotation to the less favored side was also observed following the adjustment. Sleeping regularity, lack of irritability and competently latching onto the right breast without regurgitation was reported upon the second visit. After 3 months, the patient and mother returned for the third visit. The resolution of non-synostotic plagiocephaly, infant torticollis and vertebral subluxations following chiropractic care was noted.
Conclusion: This case study suggests that correction of vertebral subluxations in this child may have had a positive impact on her torticollis and deformational plagiocephaly. Further research is warranted to assess the outcomes of chiropractic intervention in patients with similar presentations, and to contrast against the efficacy and safety of current treatment methods.
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