Case Report  |   December 2016
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Somatic Dysfunction After Acute Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (Drs McCallister, Brown, and Ettlinger) and the Department of Surgery (Drs Smith and Baltazar) at SBH Health System in Bronx, New York. 
  •  * Address correspondence to Adrienne McCallister, DO, 4422 3rd Ave, Bronx, NY 10457-2545. E-mail: adrienne.mccallister@gmail.com
     
Article Information
Emergency Medicine / Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Case Report   |   December 2016
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Somatic Dysfunction After Acute Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2016, Vol. 116, 810-815. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.157
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2016, Vol. 116, 810-815. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.157
Abstract

Somatic dysfunction caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be managed by osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). In this case report, the authors describe 2 patients with severe TBI who were each treated with OMT in a level-1 regional trauma center. Both patients received OMT beginning in the acute care phase of injury. Somatic dysfunction improved during the course of treatment, and no adverse effects of OMT were noted. More comprehensive research may clarify the efficacy and adverse effects of OMT as part of multimodal acute care of patients with severe TBI.

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