Is chiropractic an effective treatment in infantile colic?

This abstract does not present adequate data for assessment.

Citation/s:
Mercer C & Nook BC. The efficacy of chiropractic spinal adjustments as a treatment protocol in the management of infantile colic
Lead author's name and fax: Chaterine Mercer MTechChiro

Three-part Clinical Question: In an otherwise healthy 6-week-old infant with typical colicky pain, is chiropractic effective in reducing the severity of colic, or the length of time spent crying?
Search Terms: MEDLINE "colic" AND "chiropractic" and filter "therapy"((colic AND chiropractic) AND (randomized controlled trial [PTYP] OR drug therapy [SH] OR therapeutic use [SH:NOEXP] OR random*[WORD]))Hand searching

The Study:
Non-blinded randomised controlled trial with intention-to-treat.
The Study Patients: Infants with 'colic' diagnosed by a paediatrician prior to inclusion in the study. Age 0-8 weeks. No clearer details available.
Control group (N = ; analysed): Screening for spinal fixations. 'Treatment' with a non-functional de-tuned ultrasound device. Upto a maximum of 6 treatments over 2 weeks. A single follow-up consultation 4 weeks after cessation.
Experimental group (N = 15; 15 analysed): Screening for spinal fixations. Treatment with an unspecified form of chiropractic spinal manipulation. Upto a maximum of 6 treatments over two weeks. A single follow-up consultation 4 weeks after cessation.

The Evidence:

Outcome

Time to Outcome

CER

EER

RRR

ARR

NNT

Complete resolution of symptoms

2 weeks

 

0.933

N/A

N/A

N/A

95% Confidence Intervals:

N/A

N/A

N/A

Comments:
There is insufficient information to make any assessment of this abstract's claims.

Appraised by: Stephen Hughes; 09 April 2002
Email: doctor@silverflame.co.uk
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