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Differential compliance instrument in the treatment of infantile colic: a report of two cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11898019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To report on the novel use of a computer-assisted adjusting device as a potentially safe method for treatment of infantile colic. CLINICAL FEATURES: Two infants were diagnosed by their pediatrician as having infantile colic, which was characterized by signs of distress, uncontrollable crying, and brief episodes of screaming. Both children had normal growth (despite low birth weight in the second) and no other abnormalities. INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: A PulStar Function Recording and Analysis System (PulStar FRAS, Sense Technology, Inc, Pittsburgh, Penn) device was used to administer light impulses (approximately 1.7 joules, which produced a 3 to 4 lb force) at each segmental level throughout the dorsal spine, with probe tips spaced 2 cm apart straddling the spinous processes. Crying was reduced by 50% after a single session of instrumental adjusting in a 6-week old girl and after 4 sessions in a 9-week old boy, according to colic diaries kept by the mothers. Average hours of uninterrupted daily sleep increased from 3.5 to 6.5 hours after a single session. Within 10 days (5 and 8 sessions, respectively), colicky behavior disappeared and average total daily sleep improved to 14.5 hours (an average increase of 4.5 hours). Results continued over a 30-day follow-up. CONCLUSION: The PulStar mechanical adjusting device appears to have been well tolerated and beneficial in 2 cases of infantile colic. Further research is necessary to determine whether this device can enhance the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in infants with colic.
Robert A Leach
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0161-4754     ISO Abbreviation:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-18     Completed Date:  2002-04-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7807107     Medline TA:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Private Practice of Chiropractic, Postgraduate Faculty, National University of Health Sciences, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Colic / therapy*
Infant Behavior
Manipulation, Chiropractic*
Therapy, Computer-Assisted*
Treatment Outcome

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