Neck Pain In Children
Written by Editor   
Monday, October 10, 2016 12:00 PM

Spinal pain in the pediatric population is a significant health issue, with an increasing prevalence as they age, 52% of pediatric patients report musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms over a one-year period. Pediatric patients attend for chiropractic care for spinal pain, yet, there is a paucity of quality evidence to guide the practitioner with respect to appropriate care planning.

Neck pain is the most common spinal pain in pediatric patients with 60% reporting neck pain persisting at two years after this study began. Children with neck pain seek complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions, of which the most common is chiropractic care. Pediatric patients comprise between about 8% and 13% of a chiropractor’s practice. A recent National Institute of Health report suggested that 3.3% of children in the United States (1.9 million) saw a chiropractor or osteopath between 2002 and 2007. Although surveys report pediatric patients visit chiropractors, little is known why they visit, how often, and whether or not there is a favourable response.

In this study a retrospective chart review was used to describe chiropractic management of pediatric neck pain. Two researchers abstracted data from 50 clinical files that met inclusion criteria from a general practice chiropractic office 

Pediatric mechanical neck pain appears to be successfully managed by chiropractic care. Spinal manipulative therapy appears to benefit pediatric mechanical neck pain resulting from day-to-day activities with no reported serious adverse events. Results can be used to inform clinical trials assessing effectiveness of manual therapy in managing pediatric mechanical neck pain.