Case Studies: Pediatric Disorders
A six year old boy was brought to my clinic. The boy’s mother, a nurse, had observed sniffles, water eyes and fever for the 2 days prior. She was concerned because his fever had remained elevated and was causing trouble sleeping and considerable aggravation during the day. Airborne allergens in the form of mold and pollen were prevalent outdoors during this time. Upon examination I determined that the boy’s fever was in response to exposure to airborne allergens and elected to provide manual therapy to reduce the discomfort of his fever to make him more comfortable while his auto-immune system fended off the other effects of the allergens to which he was exposed. She elected to seek alternative therapy because she did not want her son to receive antibiotics or over-the-counter medications unless it was absolutely necessary.
The mother participated as I instructed her in detail on how to perform the fever reduction technique so that she could use the method as needed in the future. His temperature was taken before the procedure and 60 seconds from the commencement of the procedure. During that customary period of time the boy’s fever was reduced from 101+ to 98.5 degrees.
Since this incident the mother has felt confident enough and seen fit to competently instruct other parents how and when to perform the fever reduction technique.
Childhood Back Injury
An 11 year old girl was brought to the clinic complaining of acute low back pain radiating occasionally to her left leg. She was diagnosed by a pediatrician 2 months prior who diagnosed the problem as “sciatica”. Subsequently, the doctor informed the parent that it was due to a normal growth spurt.
During interview it was discovered that the pain started after a sudden bending and twisting motion. After that incident the pain would be more prevalent when making certain movements involving the lower back.
Physical examination revealed a slightly displaced L5 vertebra that was impinging on a nerve causing the pain to radiate from the lumbar spine.
During a single one-hour therapy session the muscles surrounding L5 were manipulated to accommodate the proper relocation of the vertebra. The treatment caused minimal discomfort. Immediately following the girl was able to bend, twist and perform all motions that were formerly causing consistent pain. Seven day follow-up with the parent indicated no discomfort performing any normal activities.