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Birth Related Injuries and Chiropractic

Posted: May 20, 2024
By: Dr Rubin & Snaedis Logadottir

Birth-related injuries can present complex challenges, particularly in pediatric patients. One example is in a case report from 2011 that sheds light on a rare occurrence: a neonate with combined brachial plexus and facial nerve palsy seeking care at a chiropractic clinic. The patient, delivered via forceps-assisted vaginal birth after Caesarean, exhibited facial asymmetry and upper limb postural issues from birth, stemming from shoulder dystocia during delivery.

Upon examination, the patient displayed signs of both brachial plexus and facial nerve involvement, indicating a unique obstetric trauma. Chiropractic management, focusing on craniosacral techniques and soft tissue therapy, yielded impressive results. Gradual improvement in facial symmetry and upper limb posture was observed over several months, with no reported adverse effects.

This case underscores the importance of considering conservative therapies, such as chiropractic care, as one alternative to managing birth-related injuries. While severe cases may necessitate surgical or other intervention, mild to moderate presentations can often be effectively addressed through specialized pediatric chiropractic care and neurological exercises. Close monitoring and individualized care are paramount in optimizing outcomes for pediatric patients with birth-related injuries.

Reference: Sharon Gordon, BAppSc(Chiro). Chiropractic Management of a Combined Neonatal Brachial Plexus and Facial Nerve Palsy: A Case Report. Volume 12, No. 1, June 2011 Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics

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