Chiropractic Care for Children: A Case Study

Baseball diamond

Frequently people who come into the office for help with some pain or difficulty they’re having ask if their child might also need chiropractic care, or if spinal adjustments are useful for children in general. The answer is yes, it’s always a good idea to have your child checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis.

Why chiropractic care for children matters

Many back, neck, joint, and bone problems and pain we have as adults today began when we were kids. Taking your child for regular chiropractic care can help prevent many challenges that might cause them difficulty, either now or in the future.

Here is one interesting case study on a little boy who liked to play baseball, but was having some pain.

A 13-year old boy came to our office with right lower back pain. For around two months, he reported feeling back pain when he would play baseball. He mostly felt the pain when he swung the bat, ran, and fielded ground balls. 

Needless to say unless he was looking to play the position of batboy, this pain certainly wasn’t going to help him excel in his favorite sport, but in fact, stand in the way of it.

During initial evaluations, we noticed that he had a short leg on the right side and moderate muscle tension on the right lower back. Upon further examination, we found that both his feet were flat and the standing x-ray showed his right femur was 8 mm shorter than the left one.

The prescribed treatment? He was fitted for special orthotics that could go inside his baseball cleats and received chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy for four weeks.

When he came in for a re-evaluation, his leg length was equal, his pelvis was balanced, and the muscle tension on the right lower back was gone. His pain was resolved and he was back on the field playing the sport he loves.  

The importance of this story is that most problems we have as adults result from problems that start at a young age.  The challenge is that most problems don’t have symptoms when we are young. They only begin to create symptoms when they have been there for many years and in some cases much later in life when damage has occurred to a joint or disc.

It never hurts to have your child go through a comprehensive exam just to make sure they are developing the way they were designed to. By identifying difficulties early, we can treat them and often avoid painful problems later on.

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