Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Somatic Dysfunction After Acute Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Adrienne McCallister, DO; Christopher Brown, DO; Michael Smith, DO; Hugh Ettlinger, DO; and Gerard A. Baltazar, DO
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Accepted: August 17, 2016

Published: December 1, 2016

J Osteopath Med; 116(12): 810-815

Somatic dysfunction caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be managed by osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). In this case report, the authors describe 2 patients with severe TBI who were each treated with OMT in a level-1 regional trauma center. Both patients received OMT beginning in the acute care phase of injury. Somatic dysfunction improved during the course of treatment, and no adverse effects of OMT were noted. More comprehensive research may clarify the efficacy and adverse effects of OMT as part of multimodal acute care of patients with severe TBI.

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