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Chiropractic

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Case Study

 

Gait & Sleep Improvements after Chiropractic Adjustments in a Pediatric Patient after Tibial Fracture:  A Case Study

  

Meggen Briscoe DC Bio & Sean C. McIntyre DC Bio    

  

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 50-53 
 
Abstract

 


Objective:  To review the case study of a two year old patient with gait abnormality due to compensation post-fracture. 

 

Clinical Features:  A two year old boy presented with an altered gait pattern and disruption of sleep as a result of a tibial fracture and gait compensation two weeks after cast removal.

 

Intervention and Outcomes:  Physical examination revealed pelvic fixation, leg length inequality, and toe-in gait.  Drop table technique and Activator Instrument adjustments were utilized to reduce vertebral subluxations.  Normal gait and sleep patterns were restored. 

 

Conclusion:  This case study described the chiropractic care of a two year old male with abnormal gait and disrupted sleep habits post-casting due to a tibial fracture.  This shows the benefits of chiropractic adjustments in a pediatric patient with gait abnormalities following fracture.  More research is warranted to better understand the pediatric patient and the biomechanics of gait after fractures.

 

Key Words:   Tibial fracture, gait abnormality, pediatric trauma, Activator technique, extremity adjustments, leg length inequality, sleep patterns, subluxation, drop table technique

 


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