McCallister A, Brown C, Smith M, Ettlinger H, Baltazar GA. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Somatic Dysfunction After Acute Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2016;116(12):810–815. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2016.157.
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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.
Keywords: osteopathic manipulative treatment, somatic dysfunction, traumatic brain injury
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