Revolutionary Research Highlights Chiropractic Care's Impact on Sickle Cell Disease

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Revolutionary Research Highlights Chiropractic Care's Impact on Sickle Cell Disease

Chiropractic May Play Important Role for Suffering Children

 ATLANTA, Georgia – 2024 

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic unveiled promising outcomes from chiropractic care in managing a child with sickle cell disease (SCD) and birth trauma. The 8-year-old male diagnosed with SCD and shoulder dystocia following birth trauma experienced positive health outcomes following chiropractic.  The literature review included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area. 

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“This groundbreaking research showcases significant improvements in pain episodes, quality of life, and upper extremity function following chiropractic care. Over five months, the patient experienced reductions in the frequency, duration, and intensity of pain crises associated with SCD. Moreover, notable advancements were observed in the patient's posture and range of motion in the affected arm, emphasizing the potential of chiropractic care in enhancing the lives of those with SCD” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.

 The 8-year-old boy in this study had sickle cell disease and experienced birth trauma, including shoulder dystocia.  He suffered from multiple episodes of severe pain and reduced right arm mobility which impacted his ability to play sports and be active in school activities. 

The chiropractor examined him and found structural shifts in his neck, midback, and low back.  Postural changes, restrictions, and decreased upper extremity range of motion were noted.   These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care, he experienced a noticeable decrease in the intensity, duration, and frequency of his pain crises. Additionally, there were improvements in his posture, arm mobility, and overall quality of life.  He was able to begin writing his name with his right hand.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
McCoy Press