Child Chiropractic Care Research Studies

by ICPA News

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Announces Preliminary Results of their Children’s PBRN Survey Study: “Treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements attributed to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy of pediatric patients: a practice-based survey of practitioners.”

The ICPA has launched two ground breaking practice-based research studies on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. One study asked Doctors of Chiropractic to provide information on treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements. So far, we have collected data on hundreds of clinical cases and the results are astounding. The preliminary data confirms what we have been saying all along – chiropractic care of children is safe and effective. On the issue of safety – only minor and self limiting aggravations (for example, soreness) have been reported and they number in less than a handful over thousands of patient visits. There were no reported treatment-related complications such as cerebrovascular accidents, fractures, dislocations, etc.. With treatment-related improvements as a result of chiropractic care, over ninety percent of the chiropractors reported an improvement in their patients’ presenting complaints. Even more interesting are the findings of improvements unrelated to the presenting complaints. A majority of these involved children with improved disposition and improved immune function.

The second survey study asked parents (independent of the chiropractor) of children under chiropractic care to provide us similar information. So far we have parents contributing data numbering in the hundreds with their children attending a few thousand chiropractic visits. They are confirming what the chiropractors reported. Only two cases of treatment-related aggravations were reported. Expectedly, these involved soreness and/or stiffness. These may be described as minor and self-limiting and not serious enough for the parent to discontinue chiropractic care for their child. Additionally, a large percentage of the parents reported an improvement in their children’s presenting complaints and also improvements that were unrelated to the initial complaint. Consistent with the DC survey findings, a large number of parents reported an improved disposition in their child, an improved immune function and improved sleep.

The ICPA has submitted its preliminary findings to two prestigious research conferences: the Annual ACC/RAC Conference held in March 2008 and the Exeter Symposium, a large and prominent CAM Conference to be held in the UK in December of 2007. The ICPA PBRN will continue to collect data into the thousands throughout the next several months as well as initiating other research projects on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic SMT in children. We encourage all Doctors of Chiropractic to participate. Access to participate and update reports are available on the ICPA doctor’s website: @ 10:17 am | Article ID: 1189531091