Pediatric Orthopaedic Consults From Chiropractic Care


Alternative medicine in pediatrics is expanding, with chiropractic now a common choice for families seeking alternative medical care. Currently, there is sparse information in the literature exploring the role of chiropractic in orthopaedic pathology. The objective of this case series is to present pediatric patients who received treatment from chiropractors and orthopaedic physicians as well as to review the respective existing research. Data collected included chiropractic diagnosis, orthopaedic diagnosis, imaging studies, treatments, and complications. Twenty-three patients were studied. Scoliosis, LeggCalve-Perthes disease, developmental dysplasia of the hip, cerebral palsy, skeletal dysplasia, and slipped´ capital femoral epiphysis were diagnoses included. Children had multiple sessions of chiropractic for management of these conditions. The parents’ perception for chiropractic was positive in every case. Delayed referral, misdiagnosis, adverse events from manipulative therapy, and ineffective treatments were observed in the present study. More research is indicated to validate chiropractic in children with orthopaedic pathology. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 27(1):58–63, 2018)

Key words: chiropractic, hip dysplasia, manipulative therapy, pediatric orthopaedic, Perthes, scoliosis

Andy B. Awwad, BS; William L. Hennrikus, MD; and Douglas G. Armstrong, MD