Chiropractor ‘breaks baby’s spine’
Treatment age limit called for after chiropractor allegedly breaks baby's neck.
The Chiropractor’s Association of Australia has responded to reports that a 4-month-old baby’s neck was allegedly broken during treatment with denial and horror, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.  Details of the incident were not officially released to the public, however doctors are saying that it presents a strong case for not treating young children with spinal manipulation, says the SMH.

The infant was reportedly “lucky to survive” after a chiropractor allegedly fractured one of the baby’s vertebrae during treatment, missing the spinal cord by millimetres. The CAA has denied that the incident ever took place.

The case was reportedly closed with recommendations that the chiropractor responsible not be allowed to practice unless they undertook further paediatric/chiropractic training with an expert.

Doctors are saying that the incident underlines that it is unnecessary and potentially harmful for children to have spinal adjustments. Claims that chiropractors are “sneaking” into hospitals to perform the treatment on babies as young as one day old are also circulating. The claims are based on photos released by a blogger of chiropractors allegedly working in secret in neo-natal wards.

The Australian Medical Association has, in turn, suggested that there is no proof that such treatments have any benefit for children, and that chiropractors are not allowed to practice in hospitals without permission, the correct credentials and medical legal cover.

The CAA insists that treatments are not harmful for children and do provide benefits, and that chiropractors with credentials and authorisation should be permitted to treat infants.

A further review from the Pediatrics journal (2007) was quoted by the SMH which suggested that spinal manipulations in children could have disastrous results such as brain haemorrhages or paraplegia.

Chiropractors are outraged that they’re being ostracised by the medical community over the case which they suggest cannot be linked to spinal manipulation. They suggest that they may go to court over the report.

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