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J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2018 Jun 1;118(6):403-409. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.061.

Safety of Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine as an Adjunct to Conventional Postconcussion Symptom Management: A Pilot Study.

Abstract

Context:

Osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine is not a well-established adjunct to conventional treatment for patients with postconcussion symptoms.

Objective:

To determine whether adjunctive osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine is safe for patients with concussion when accompanied by conventional treatments.

Design:

Prospective observational pilot study.

Setting:

Outpatient concussion clinic.

Participants:

Patients who sustained a concussion were prospectively recruited from an outpatient concussion clinic by a neuropsychologist specialized in concussion. All participants were identified to have a cranial dysfunction.

Intervention:

Each eligible participant received 1 session of the osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine vault hold technique.

Main Outcome Measures:

Self-reported adverse events during or after 1 session of the osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine procedure and improvement in concussion symptoms at return to follow-up.

Results:

None of the 9 participants reported adverse events during or immediately after receiving osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine. Five of the 7 participants who returned for follow-up demonstrated improvement in their overall concussion symptoms based on the Post-Concussion Symptom Scale scores.

Conclusions:

Osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine was considered a safe adjunctive treatment option to improve concussion-related symptoms and recovery.

PMID:
29710088
DOI:
10.7556/jaoa.2018.061

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