Concussions and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: An Adolescent Case Presentation

Iris Castillo, DO; Kimberly Wolf, DO; and Alexander Rakowsky, MD
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Accepted: December 4, 2015

Published: March 1, 2016

J Osteopath Med; 116(3): 178-181

Concussions commonly occur in adolescents. Although the majority of adolescent patients’ symptoms resolve, about 11% continue to experience symptoms at 3 months. Standard treatment options for prolonged symptoms are not available, and the role of osteopathic manipulative treatment in the management of adolescent concussions is unclear. The authors describe a case of a 16-year-old girl with a history of 3 head injuries who presented with concussion symptoms. After 6 weekly osteopathic manipulative treatment sessions, the patient was able to return to her normal activities. Further research on the role of osteopathic manipulative treatment to manage concussions is needed.

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