Recognition of Perinatal Stroke in a Chiropractic Practice: Case Report and Clinical Challenges Related to a Late Diagnosis
J Clin Chiro Peds 2012 (Jun); 13 (1): 958–967 ~ FULL TEXT
Lise Hestbaek, PhD, Annette Jørgensen, DC, and
Jan Hartvigsen, PhD
Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics,
Introduction: In recent years, improvements in medical techniques and technology have enabled primary health care practitioners to diagnose perinatal strokes in infants far earlier than ever before. This new technology can also support chiropractors, especially those working with pediatric patients, in order to validate their diagnosis when they recognize these initial symptoms.
Objective: The aim of this paper is to raise awareness and assist doctors of chiropractic in recognizing the physical and behavioral signs of perinatal stroke as they present in a chiropractic office for assessment and treatment. The paper will relate the case of a
7-month-old infant who, after visiting a chiropractic office with apparent hemiparesis and delayed developmental milestones, was post-medically diagnosed as having suffered a presumed perinatal stroke.
Discussion: Early recognition of perinatal stroke is vital since late diagnosis can lead to a lifetime of debilitating neurological conditions as well as potential increased direct and indirect costs to society. For those who receive a late diagnosis, a chiropractor, as a member of a multidisciplinary team, can play a major role in rehabilitation by supporting the function of the nervous system,
reducing muscle and joint rigidity and optimizing neuronal plasticity.
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