erbs palsy

Chiropractic Adjustments and Erb's Palsy: A Case Study
By Christine A. Hyman, D.C., D.I.C.C.P.

Objective: The purpose of this case study is to discuss the chiropractic care of a patient presenting to the author's chiropractic office, with obstetrical brachial plexus injury at the level of C5-C6 nerve roots (Erb's palsy). This article relates the proposed mechanism of injury, along with the current medical treatment available and the chiropractic care provided to the patient.

Design: A case study.

Setting: Private practice.

Patient: A two-month-old, black female presented with obstetrical brachial plexus injury (Erb's palsy). This infant had been under the care of several medical pediatrician's without resolution.

Outcome Measures: Resolution of this condition was determined by observation and physical examination of the infant.

Results: The progression and resolution of the infant's condition is presented for each of the chiropractic office visits. The chiropractic office visits consisted of evaluation of the infant and chiropractic spinal adjustments. Complete resolution was noted, without any complications or residual impairments.

Conclusion: The author has presented a case study of a two-month-old, black female with obstetrical brachial plexus injury who underwent a program of chiropractic care, which was inclusive of chiropractic spinal adjustments. The infant had complete resolution of her condition with no complications or residual impairments. (JCCP, Volume 2, Number 2, October 1997)

Key Terms: chiropractic, spinal adjustments, vertebral subluxation, brachial plexus paralysis, obstetrical brachial plexus injuries, phrenic nerve injuries, peripheral nerve trauma, Erb's palsy