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Resolution of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder in an Infant with Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Report & Selective Review of Literature

Elizabeth R. Biehl, DC Bio & Donald Gerken, DC, DACCP, CSTD Bio


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 21-26 



Objective:  This case report will discuss the role of chiropractic care in the resolution of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in an infant.


Clinical Features:  The mother of a 10-month-old boy presented her son for chiropractic care with a medical diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The patient’s complaints included interrupted sleep, difficulty feeding, poor appetite, repeated bouts of diarrhea, stomach distension, excessive intestinal gas, and poor weight gain. Previous, unsuccessful care involved medical treatment consisting of an over the counter antacid, followed by Nexium, and finally Zantac.


Interventions and Outcomes:  A course of conservative management was carried out, consisting of 13 chiropractic visits over a seven-week period, utilizing the diversified full spine protocol adapted for pediatric adjusting. Notable improvements were attained throughout care, with complete resolution of GERD and return to normal weight.


Conclusions:  This case report contributes to the body of scientific literature regarding chiropractic care of infants suffering from GERD.


Key Index Terms: Gastroesophageal reflux, GERD, chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, pediatric, infant, regurgitation

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