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Osteopathic Recognition Resource Library: Pediatrics

Purpose: to provide links to journal articles that can be used for journal clubs in any specialty to support the milestones for OR.

OMM for Peds

Case Study

A 6 year-old boy comes in with acute, unilateral L ear pain and a report that the left side sounds "like he's underwater" that has been worsening for two days.  He has been afebrile, has had mild rhinorrhea and no cough, and pain has been poorly managed with motrin.  On exam, breath sounds are normal bilaterally, his throat is erythematous without tonsilar swelling, cobblestone appearance to the posterior oropharynx, there is no tonsilar discharge, effusion or evidence of abscess.  There is no significant cervical or occipital lymphadenopathy, and he admits to mild sinus tenderness upon palpation. His R TM is clear with a cone of light, but the L TM is mildly dull without the appearance of fluid. He has mild L-sided tenderness from T1-4.  A rapid strep is negative, CBC is WNL, CRP has trace elevation.  You diagnose the patient with a non-bacterial AOM and possible viral URI.  You release his thoracic outlet, which is tight on the left.  You do effleurage to the sinuses bilaterally, and use Galbreath maneuvers to open up his eustacian tubes.
  • Foundations - Chapter 22 “General Pediatrics” 
  • Alcantara, Joel. Manual Therapy in Children: Role of the Evidence-Based Clinician. J Man Manip Ther. 2007; 15(4): 247–249. 
  • Guiney PA, Chou R, Vianna A, Lovenheim J. Effects of osteopathic manipulative treatment on pediatric patients with asthma: a randomized controlled trial.J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2005 Jan;105(1):7-12. 
  • Hayes NM, Bezilla TA. Incidence of iatrogenesis associated with osteopathic manipulative treatment of pediatric patients. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006 Oct;106(10):605-8. 
  • Lund G, Carreiro JE. Characteristics of Pediatric Patients Seen in Medical School–Based Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinics. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2010 Jul;110(7):376-80. 
  • Channell MK. Modified Muncie technique: osteopathic manipulation for eustachian tube dysfunction and illustrative report of case. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2008 May;108(5):260-3. 
  • Pratt-Harrington D Galbreath technique: a manipulative treatment for otitis media revisited. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2000 Oct;100(10):635-9. 
  • Tarsuslu T, Bol H, Simşek IE, Toylan IE, Cam S. The effects of osteopathic treatment on constipation in children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009 Oct;32(8):648-53.
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