Objective: To describe the benefits of chiropractic care in a 13-month-old male child diagnosed with otitis media, a history of prematurity and prenatal exposure to opiates and amphetamines.
Clinical Features: A 13-month-old male presented with complaints of otitis media. He was born premature and delivered through cesarean section and a vacuum was used for extraction. At birth his blood contained opiates, methamphetamine and other amphetamines. The patient had been experiencing bouts of otitis media since three months of age and had previously been managed by medical doctors with rounds of antibiotics and nasal saline. Chiropractic analysis revealed subluxations were located in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac joint region when analyzed and were adjusted using the Activator Adjusting Instrument (AAI).
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was assessed/checked utilizing thermal scanning, Activator Methods technique and adjusted using an Activator Adjusting Instrument (AAI). The patient was checked and adjusted where vertebral subluxations were found and the mother reported that the child’s otitis media had resolved the following week. The patient continues regular chiropractic treatment and has not been on any antibiotics since 13-months of age.
Conclusions: This case report illustrates the resolution of acute otitis media symptoms in a pediatric patient while under subluxation-based chiropractic care. It is recommended that the link between subluxation and visceral dysfunction, such as acute otitis media be investigated further.
Author keywords: Chiropractic, subluxation, Acute Otitis Media, pediatric, Activator Methods, Thermography, children, visceral dysfunction, adjustment, spinal manipulation, opiates, amphetamines
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