Doctor Burnout Widespread, Helps Drive Many Medical Errors

The headline above comes from a July 9, 2018, article on HealthDay, and is based on a study published the same day in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The Mayo Clinic Proceedings study is titled “Physician Burnout, Well-being, and Work Unit Safety Grades in Relationship to Reported Medical Errors” and listed the study objective as “To evaluate physician burnout, well-being, and work unit safety grades in relationship to perceived major medical errors.”

Doctor Burnout Widespread, Helps Drive Many Medical Errors - Austin TX Chiropractic Chiropractor Care Car Truck Accident Collision Wreck PI PIP LOPAn ABC News article, also on the same day, reported that according to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors account for between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths per year. They define burnout as emotional exhaustion or depersonalization and note that it occurs in more than half of the over 6600 doctor’s surveyed.

Lead study author Dr. Daniel Tawfik, an instructor in pediatric critical care at Stanford University’s School of Medicine stated, “Burnout is a reversible work-related syndrome characterized by emotional exhaustion and/or cynicism, often featuring decreased effectiveness.” He added, “Although not unique to physicians, it is particularly common in occupations like medicine that feature high levels of stress and intense interactions with people.”

In this study, researchers stated that they, “…conducted a population-based survey of US physicians in active practice regarding burnout, fatigue, suicidal ideation, work unit safety grade, and recent medical errors.” Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine collected data from an anonymous survey of 6,686 physicians who were in practice and responded to the survey. The doctors were asked to complete questionnaires that included questions about their levels of burnout, well-being, fatigue and symptoms of depression. They were also asked to grade the safety of their workplace and anonymously give information on any major medical errors they may have made.

The results of the study were shocking. Over 10% of the responding doctors claimed they had made a major medical error in the past three months, with 1 in 20 of these errors being fatal. The study itself reported, “Of 6695 responding physicians in active practice, 6586 provided information on the areas of interest: 3574 (54.3%) reported symptoms of burnout, 2163 (32.8%) reported excessive fatigue, and 427 (6.5%) reported recent suicidal ideation, with 255 of 6563 (3.9%) reporting a poor or failing patient safety grade in their primary work area and 691 of 6586 (10.5%) reporting a major medical error in the prior 3 months.”

The medical errors that can occur from medical burnout are not insignificant. Dr. Tawfik noted that, “When a physician is experiencing burnout, a wide range of adverse events may occur. In our study, the most common errors were errors in medical judgment, errors in diagnosing illness, and technical mistakes during procedures.”

In their conclusion, the study authors acknowledge the problem and call for a solution. “In this large national study, physician burnout, fatigue, and work unit safety grades were independently associated with major medical errors. Interventions to reduce rates of medical errors must address both physician well-being and work unit safety.”

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Resolution of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Following Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on June 11, 2018, showing chiropractic facilitating the resolution of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Resolution of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Following Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor ADD ADHD Natural HealthcareThe study begins by reports that ADHD is one of the most common psychological disorders in children. The study also notes that ADHD cannot be diagnosed in an adult because the diagnostic reference book used to classify metal illnesses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), which states that ADHD must be diagnosed before the age of 12 for it to be considered a true state of the disorder.

It is estimated that between 5% and 8% of children in the U.S have ADHD. The condition is more common in girls than boys. As children develop into adults, many seem to outgrow the symptoms of ADHD. However, estimates are that 40-70% of children will continue to experience symptoms of ADHD as adults. Accordingly, between 3-6% of the adult population is estimated to have adult ADHD. According to WebMD, every adult who is considered to have ADHD had the condition as a child but may not have been diagnosed with it.

Adults with ADHD tend to have more instability at work, higher rates of incarceration, lower socioeconomic status, high rates of divorce as well as more frequent job changes, and more minor violations such as speeding tickets.

In this case, a 38-year-old man presented himself to the chiropractor. The man was suffering with a variety of conditions including adult-onset attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, constant headaches, incapacitating low back pain, numbness in the back and sciatica in his left leg. He described his conditions as excruciating and constant, interfering with his daily activities. He was taking several medications including one for his ADHD for the past 13 years. Even though the criteria for diagnosis of adult ADHD does not exist, his MD diagnosed him with the condition at the age of 23.

A chiropractic examination noted muscle spasms over much of his spine, reduced ranges of motion, and postural abnormalities. A heat reading thermal scan showed significant abnormal variations in surface temperature over his spine.

Based upon the findings of the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present and specific chiropractic spinal adjustments were started. Using a scale of 1 to 100 to rate the patient’s pain, the initial pain rating before chiropractic was 60 out of 100, with 100 being the worst. After chiropractic care was started, the pain rating had dropped to 36 out of 100. After one month of care, the man’s spinal range of motion had shown significant improvement. There was also a notable decrease in his muscle spasms.

Within a month of beginning chiropractic care, the man reported that he had met his goals of being able to focus and exercise. He reported an 80% improvement of his symptoms. After two months of chiropractic, he had discontinued all his ADHD medication. He commented that he felt more focused and energized than he had ever felt before.

In the authors’ conclusion they wrote, “Patients suffering from ADHD are highly effected by the symptoms that manifest, interrupting their ability to function in any setting. If the removal of vertebral subluxation complexes can be correlated to a reduction or resolution in symptoms, chiropractic could greatly improve the quality of life for ADHD patients.”

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Quality of Life Improved from Chiropractic for Patient with Sjögren’s Syndrome

On June 14, 2018, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study documenting the improvement of heart rate variability and quality of life in a patient with Sjögren’s Syndrome following chiropractic care.

Quality of Life Improved from Chiropractic for Patient with Sjögren's Syndrome - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Pain Free HeadachesAccording to the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation website, “Sjögren’s is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas.” They estimate that there are more than 4 million people presently living with this condition. Women are nine times more likely to have this problem then are men.

The most common symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome include dryness of the eyes and mouth due to dysfunctions of the salivary and lachrymal glands. Other serious health issues associated with Sjögren’s Syndrome can include lymphoma, neuropathy, gastritis, reflux esophagitis, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, and autoimmune hepatitis.

In this case, a 48-year-old woman suffering from pain and numbness in the back of her left leg sought out chiropractic for an evaluation and possible care. Her problems began two years prior with no known causative factors. The numbness had gotten so severe that it prevented her from walking or standing for longer than 30 minutes. She was using over-the-counter medications for this problem, but she reported that it was getting worse. Her history noted that two and a half years earlier, she had been diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome. The woman was under the care of her family physician (MD), an orthopedist and a physical therapist, and was given multiple prescriptions. She was also on a gluten-free diet.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a visual postural inspection, spinal palpation with range of motion, as well as surface EMG, thermal scan, and a heart rate variability test. Based on the examination findings, spinal x-rays were also performed.

Chiropractic care was started on the woman with multiple visits per week. As care proceeded, the woman noted improvement in many of her symptoms. A follow-up heart rate variability test initially showed a 27% improvement which continued to improve up to 159% after several months of care. Although she still had the diagnosis of Sjögren’s Syndrome, the study reported that her inflammation levels have decreased, as verified by her blood work. The woman reported that she was taking less medication, had less stress in her life, and was experiencing an overall increase in energy.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “We described the successful care of a patient with symptoms congruent with a diagnosis of Sjögren’s Syndrome. This case report provides supporting evidence that spinal adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations can have significant improvements in presenting symptoms associated with Sjögren’s Syndrome and overall improvement in quality of life.”

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Neck and Back Pain for Five Years After Car Accident Helped with Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on June 18, 2018, documenting chiropractic helping a patient suffering for five years with neck and back pain following an automobile accident. The patient also showed documented improvement in telemere length, and their urge to urinate at night.

Neck and Back Pain for Five Years After Car Accident Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Motor Vehicle Wreck Truck Personal Injury PI PIP LOPHuman TL length is best explained on the T.A Sciences website, “Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.”

This study begins with an explanation of human telomere length (TL), and why this is important. The study notes that human TL is longest at birth and shortens as we get older. Shortened TL are associated with metabolic and inflammatory diseases, pulmonary diseases, cardiovascular problems, psychological and stress disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, other chronic and serious illnesses, and can affect overall mortality.

In this case study, a 35-year-old woman who worked as an elementary school teacher presented herself for chiropractic with the primary complaint of neck and mid-back pain for five years following a head-on motor vehicle accident. She also complained of nocturnal polyuria, which is an increase production of urine at night causing her to urinate up to four times per night.

A physical and chiropractic examination was performed which included basic information about height and weight, as well as a postural analysis, a standardized health survey, and spinal x-rays. Based upon the results of the examination and x-rays, specific chiropractic care was initiated to create changes in the spinal structures, thus having an effect on the nervous system.

The study results reported that the patient felt significant improvement in all of her symptoms after weeks of chiropractic care. Follow-up examinations confirmed changes in her spinal structure as well as her self-health assessment. A second blood work was performed that showed that her telemere length had actually improved from a previous blood study. Eventually, the woman reported that she was virtually pain-free and had been able to sleep through the night without having to go to the bathroom to urinate.

In their conclusion, the authors noted the unique findings of the improving of human telemere length by stating, “Our case suggests, for the first time, that cervical spinal alignment and posture may be directly related to TL (health longevity) and that correction thereof may have a directly related effect on health longevity as represented by TL.”

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Infantile Colic, GERD, Failure to Thrive and Breastfeeding Difficulties Helped with Chiropractic

On June 7, 2018, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study documenting chiropractic helping an infant suffering with infantile colic, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), failure to thrive, and breastfeeding difficulties.

Infantile Colic, GERD, Failure to Thrive and Breastfeeding Difficulties Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Pediatric Baby Infant Kid Toddler Boy Girl CareThe study begins by acknowledging that chiropractic is growing in popularity as a non-allopathic form of healthcare. The authors report that most adults seeking chiropractic do so for musculoskeletal type complaints while children who are brought to the chiropractor usually are seeking help for non-musculoskeletal conditions.

It may be common for infants to spit up after a meal, however, frequent vomiting associated with discomfort and difficulty feeding or weight loss is considered more serious and is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD). According to the American Family Physician, “Infantile colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child.”

The term “failure to thrive” is used when an infant fails to gain weight or experiences an inappropriate weight loss. There are a number of mechanisms that can facilitate this problem including breastfeeding issues which prevent the infant from getting proper nutrition.

In this case, a 3½-month-old infant girl was brought to the chiropractor by her parents. The girl’s mother reported that her infant daughter suffered from severe infantile colic, acid reflux, had breastfeeding difficulties, and was medically diagnosed as failure to thrive.

It was reported that starting at 3-weeks of age, the infant began struggling to eat, pulling away from her mother’s breasts, arching her back, and crying inconsolably. Medical physicians prescribed a number of medications that had no effect. At one point, the infant was hospitalized due to her weight loss.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included age and size appropriate spinal palpation with a recumbent postural analysis. Subluxations were determined to be present and a specific pediatric adjustment was given.

Following the infant girl’s first chiropractic adjustment, her mother reported that her daughter’s breastfeeding latch had improved. After the second adjustment, it was reported that the baby began to play more. By the fourth adjustment, the baby was rolling over, had increased the amount of breast milk she would consume by 50%, and began babbling. Additionally, the baby’s acid reflux had improved and she was less fussy. By the eighth visit, the baby had gained enough weight that her pediatrician was no longer concerned about her weight and canceled a referral to a gastrointestinal specialist.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “We reported the successful chiropractic care of 3½-month old female suffering from acid reflux and medically diagnosed as failure to thrive. This study opens the possibility that similar patients may benefit from chiropractic care. This study provides supporting evidence that infants presenting similarly may benefit from management of vertebral subluxation.”

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Opioids Are Now Responsible for 1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults

Above is the title of a June 2, 2018, article in Time magazine. The article reports on a new study published on June 1st, 2018, by the JAMA Network Open, showing that between 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States increased by 345%.

Opioids Are Now Responsible for 1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults - Austin TX Chiropractic Chiropractor Pain Control NaturalThe Time’s article begins with some sobering statistics, “In 2016, one in 65 deaths in the United States involved opioids — and among younger adults, that number skyrocketed to one in five, according to a new study.” That study, published in JAMA Network Open, and titled “The Burden of Opioid-Related Mortality in the United States” reviewed information on opioid usage and mortality between the years 2001 and 2016.

The numbers are extremely concerning. Between the years 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States increased from 9489 to 42,245 deaths, a 345% increase. This translates into 33.3 deaths per million in 2001, to now 130.7 deaths per million people in the U.S. alone.

The death rate for men is higher than women, with men currently accounting for 67.5% of all opioid-related deaths. The average age of a person who dies of opioid usage is only 40 years of age. In the age group of 24 to 35 years, 20.0% of all deaths in the US were attributable to opioids in 2016. The younger groups have not escaped the problem with 12.4% of all deaths in the ages between 15 to 24 years being attributable to opioids in 2016. If you look at this in terms of years of life lost, opioid-related deaths resulted in 1,681,359 years of life lost in the United States.

Dr. Robert Braile, a chiropractor, author and past president of the International Chiropractors Association gave his perspective on the issue. “There are two issues leading up to our present opiod crisis. The first is that much of the public is unaware that there are viable, proven and safer alternative to drugs such as opioids for those suffering from chronic pain. Chiropractic has helped millions to achieve a better quality of life without the use of medications.”

“The second issue has do do with the messages being continuously delivered to the public via drug advertising,” states Dr Braile. “Almost all drug advertising you see is for continual usage medications. Medications that aim to ‘control’ the problem without ever seeking to fix the underlying cause. This leads to the hopelessness of a society that believe they just have to live with their problems and their only choice is to control the symptoms. This is simply not true. The human body is a wonderful and amazing self-healing organism. We should be focusing more effort into finding things that interfere with that healing ability, as opposed to just treating the effects of ill health.”

In the conclusion of the study the authors wrote, “Premature death from opioid-related causes imposes an enormous and growing public health burden across the United States. The recent increase in the proportion of deaths attributable to opioids among adolescents and young adults and the accompanying estimates of YLL (years of life lost) are alarming, particularly among men. Furthermore, the aging population of people with opioid use disorder requires attention, as the burden of opioid overdose among adults aged 55 to 64 years is growing at a concerning rate.”

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Study Shows Adding Chiropractic to Standard Medical Care Gave Superior Results for U.S. Active Military

A large study published on May 18, 2018, in the JAMA Network Open under Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation showed that adding chiropractic to standard medical care gave superior results for lower back pain than just standard medical care among active U.S. military personnel.

Study Shows Adding Chiropractic to Standard Medical Care Gave Superior Results for U.S. Active Military - Austin TX Chiropractor Car Truck Accident Collision Care PIP PI Attorney HelpThe study begins by noting the prevalence of lower back pain in the general population and the U.S. military population. Lower back pain (LBP) is the second leading cause of disability world-wide. In the U.S. it is estimated that 20% of the adult population suffers with this problem. LBP carries a hefty price tag with direct costs for this condition in the U.S. in 2010 being estimated at $34 billion, and additional indirect costs including lost workplace productivity losses estimated at $200 billion.

In the military, LBP is one of the most common reasons military personnel seek medical care as well as one of the most common conditions that cause a soldier to interrupt combat duty. Common medical care includes medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or opioids, and surgical procedures such as spinal fusions, as well as procedures such as epidural steroid injections. Unfortunately, all these procedures carry significant risks and have been demonstrated to have a limited effectiveness.

This study involved a large number of active military personnel at three locations. The three locations were Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland; Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, California; and the Naval Hospital Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida. Each of the three facilities had 250 participants in the study for a total of 750 active military personnel being involved. All participants were suffering from lower back pain not caused by disease or fracture.

This total was subdivided into two groups of 375 participants in each group. One of these groups received usual medical care (UMC) only, while the other group received UMC plus the addition of chiropractic care. The median age of the participants was 30.9 years. the breakdown showed that 175 participants (23.3%) were female, and 243 participants (32.4%) were nonwhite.

The outcomes were measured based on several factors and numbered scales. LBP was measured on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being the worst. Disability was measured on a 0-24 scale with 24 being the worst. Additionally, the study measures the participants perceived improvement from 0 (not at all satisfied) to 10 (extremely satisfied). Evaluations of the results were performed at weeks 2, 4, 6, and 12.

The results of the study showed that at each of the intervals, the groups that also received chiropractic in conjunction with UMC outperformed that group that only received medical care in all areas and timeframes tested. This study did not look at any outcomes of chiropractic care alone verses either medical care, or medical care combined with chiropractic. The only determination was that the addition of chiropractic to medical care was more beneficial then just medical care by itself.

In the authors’ conclusion, they wrote, “Chiropractic care, when added to usual medical care, resulted in moderate short-term improvements in low back pain intensity and disability in active-duty military personnel. This trial provides additional support for the inclusion of chiropractic care as a component of multidisciplinary health care for low back pain, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.”

Dr. Michael McLean, a chiropractor and immediate past president of the International Chiropractors Association stated, “The men and woman of our armed services and their families deserve the best health care our nation can provide. This study adds to the growing body of science confirming that chiropractic care provides meaningful benefit and should become more easily available to those who serve and their families.”

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Study Showed Dizziness and Neck Pain Helped by Chiropractic

The results of a randomized controlled study, which included sham procedures, was published in the May 2018 edition of the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. The study showed that subjects with non-specific dizziness and neck pain were helped by chiropractic.

Study Showed Dizziness and Neck Pain Helped by Chiropractic - Austin Texas Chiropractor Vertigo Balance Health Resolution HelpThe study begins by pointing out that neck pain and dizziness are common ailments in older adults. While neck pain carries with it the discomfort and limitation of daily activity, dizziness adds the risk of fall which can lead to serious problems, disability, or even death. For this reason, any form of care that can assist in the reduction of dizziness is of value to an aging population.

This study was conducted in Australia, so the statistic related to population occurrences may be different from other countries such as the United States. It is inferred that most industrialized advanced nations would share similar statistics concerning dizziness. One such statistic noted that among Australians over the age of 50, about 36% have reported dizziness in the past three months. Women seem to be affected by the problem at a slightly higher rate than are men. The medical treatment for dizziness is usually drugs. However, these medications carry a variety of risks including an increase incidence of falling in the elderly population.

Neck pain also carries an increased statistical risk of falls, although not as great as dizziness. The medical treatment of neck pain through medications carries its own risk of side effects. It has been well documented that pain medication usage has become a major health issue in most societies.

Neck pain accompanied by dizziness is referred to as “cervicogenic dizziness” or “cervical dizziness.” The diagnosis of cervicogenic dizziness is usually made by ruling out all other possible factors that could be causing the dizziness independent of the neck pain.

This study was unique in several ways. First, the researchers used social media and advertising to recruit a large number of people for the study. From the respondents, the numbers were reduced by only accepting people who would fit into a specifically narrow criteria. Participants had to be between the ages of 65 and 85, and have both neck pain and dizziness for a period of at least three months.

A number of factors led to participants not being included in the study. Such factors that would exclude participants from the study were pathologies relating to the dizziness, a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease, a history of stroke or heart disease, psychiatric diseases, or a history of inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Because of the narrow parameters of acceptance, the number of acceptable participants in the study was drastically reduced.

The remaining participants were randomly divided into two groups. The participants did not know which group they were in, or what the difference was. One group got chiropractic adjustments using an instrument set to the proper level to deliver an adjustment, the other group received a sham adjustment with the same type of instrument set to the zero level. This would allow the instrument to activate and make the same noise and sensation as a real adjustment without any impulse as in a real adjustment. Care was rendered for the same period of 4 weeks to both groups, after which a re-evaluation of the level of dizziness and neck pain was performed.

Data related to the severity of the neck pain and the dizziness were done one week prior to any chiropractic or sham intervention and then again one week after the four-week four-visit trial. The dizziness was measured using a dizziness handicap inventory (DHI) score, and the neck pain was measured using a neck disability index (NDI) score. The results of this study showed that the group that received the real adjustment was statistically improved for both the neck pain over the group that got the sham adjustments when measured using the standardized DHI and NDI scoring.

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Urinary Incontinence Resolved with Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health released the results of a study on May 21, 2018, documenting the case of a pregnant woman who was unable to control her bladder being helped by chiropractic.

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Urinary incontinence (UI) is defined by most authorities as a leakage of urine. The Mayo Clinic internal medicine concise textbook lists four types of UI. They are: urge incontinence – due to an overactive bladder, stress incontinence – due to poor closure of the bladder, overflow incontinence – due to either poor bladder contraction or blockage of the urethra, and functional incontinence – due to medications or health problems making it difficult to reach the bathroom.

UI is a common complaint among women after pregnancy and delivery. Some sources estimate rates as high as 31% among women who delivered vaginally. According to the Urology Care Foundation, somewhere between one-quarter and one-third of adults suffer with some form of UI. Pregnancy in women, prostate problems in men, and aging in the general population seem to be related to an increase in incidence of UI.

In this case, a woman presented herself for chiropractic care. The woman was in her second trimester of her second pregnancy. She was suffering with urinary incontinence and low back pain, as well as generalized diffuse body pain. The woman reported that the UI first started immediately after the traumatic delivery of her first child. She had suffered with UI since that point for the past three years. She noted that a cough or sneeze would result in urinary leakage.

A chiropractic examination was performed involving a static and motion observation of posture as well as palpation of her spine and supporting structures. The presence of vertebral subluxations was confirmed and chiropractic care was started at the rate of two visits per week. Additionally, the woman was given some home exercises to perform daily.

On the fourth visit to the chiropractor’s office, the woman reported that she had sneezed one time, but had not had any urinary leakage as a result. By the sixth visit, the woman was able to report that she was no longer having any signs of UI and her problems have been resolved.

In the conclusion of this case study the author wrote, “This case demonstrates the effectiveness of chiropractic care in addressing pelvic floor dysfunction resulting in urinary incontinence and the safety of this care during pregnancy.”

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Improvement in Behavior, Communication & Sociability in a Child with Autism Following Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on May 16, 2018, documenting the improvement in many autism related symptoms following chiropractic care. The study begins by noting, “Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that has the potential to cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.”

Improvement in Behavior, Communication & Sociability in a Child with Autism Following Chiropractic - Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractor HealthThere is no specific blood test, no x-ray, or any type of verifiable scientific test for ASD. The diagnosis of ASD is based on observable behavior that fits the criteria agreed upon by experts that has been published in the book, “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” Because of this lack of an absolute test, there is a subjective nature of interpretation to the diagnosis process of ASD. Some cases are very obvious while some could just be interpretations of abnormal behavior which could lead to over diagnosis and medical treatment.

Over the past 10 years, the diagnosis of ASD in the U.S. has doubled, going from 1 in 150 children in the years 2000-2002, to 1 in 68 children by 2010-2012. Other western nations have also seen an increase in the diagnosis of ASD with Canada reporting a diagnosis rate of 1 in 94 children, New Zealand and the United Kingdom both having the rate of 1 in 100 people, and a rate of ASD diagnosis of 1 in 150 people in Australia.

These high rates of ASD diagnosis are accompanied by a high financial burden. In the U.S. alone, ASD is estimated to cost between $11.5 billion – $60.9 billion each year. This comes out to an average increase in medical costs of $4,110 to $6,200 per year per child.

In this case, a 3-year-old boy who was diagnosed with autism was brought to the chiropractor by his parents. The boy’s primary symptoms reported by his parents were chronic constipation, fussy eating, easily gagging and vomiting, poor sleeping habits, poor weight gain and hyper-sensitivity to touch. His parents also reported that their son had sleeping problems described as waking at night with anxiety and being hard to wake in the morning. The boy had suffered with chronic ear and sinus infections since infancy, and the parents reported that their son often fell for no apparent reason as if he temporarily lost consciousness.

A chiropractic examination was performed using inspection, palpation, and thermography to determine the presence of subluxation. From this examination, it was determined that multiple areas of subluxations were present in the boy’s spine. Specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were then given on a weekly basis for correction of the subluxations.

In the first few visits, the boy’s parents reported several improvements to his behavior, communication ability, social ability, a decrease in the frequency of falls, and an improvement in their son’s sleeping patterns. By the fourth visit and beyond, the boy’s parents reported that their son was no longer falling. By the sixth visit, it was reported that the boy’s vocabulary had increased significantly and he was speaking in sentences more frequently. By the eighth visit, it was reported he was sleeping well and not waking with anxiety any longer.

In their discussion the authors reported, “This case documents the improvement in behavior, communication and social ability in a 3-year-old male with autism receiving chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation. The reported results are consistent with similar presentations described in the literature.”

In the review of additional literature on this subject, the authors of the study note, “There is a growing body of evidence reporting the positive impact of chiropractic care on patients presenting with Autism and ASD, with steep growth in the evidence over the past 5 years according to two recent systematic reviews of the literature available specific to the topic.”

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