Objective: The following report discusses improved concussion symptoms (headache, low concentration and photophobia) in a 13-year-old male, while receiving chiropractic care.
Methods: An electronic search was conducted in May 2017 using the following scientific journal databases: PubMed, Google Scholar, Elsevier, ChiroACCESS, and ScienceDirect.
Clinical Features: An adolescent male suffering from concussion symptoms after a traumatic axial impact to his head was presented by his mother to the chiropractic office in Auckland, New Zealand.
Intervention and outcome: Following a thorough history and examination, the patient received two chiropractic visits per week, with reevaluation on the eighth visit. He was assessed for vertebral subluxations using upper cervical specific and a functional neurology approach. Care provided included upper cervical specific, full spine diversified and Gonstead chiropractic adjustments only, based on the practitioner’s palpatory and clinical expertise. Spinal levels adjusted were C1-2, C6, T1-6/7, and ilium. Marked improvements were noted; 80% overall improvement, and improvements in concentration, photophobia and headache pain levels.
Conclusion: This case illustrates how concussion symptoms, specifically headaches, concentration, and photophobia may improve in patients receiving chiropractic care. Further clinical research is warranted to investigate the efficacy of subluxation based chiropractic care in relation to the improvement of concussion symptoms.
Author keywords: chiropractic, adjustment, subluxation, concussion, brain injury, vision disturbance, headache, pediatric, case report
Author affiliations: BBH: Chiropractic practitioner, Pukekohe, New Zealand; KH: Research Fellow, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand; AC: Lecturer and Intern Mentor, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand
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