Posterior rib fractures in a young infant who received chiropractic care

Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):e1359-62. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0372. Epub 2012 Oct 1.


We report on a 21-day-old infant with healing posterior rib fractures that were noted after a chiropractic visit for colic. Chiropractors are the third largest group of health care professionals in the United States, and colic is the leading complaint for pediatric chiropractic care. Rib fractures, specifically when posterior, are traditionally considered to be secondary to nonaccidental trauma. Thorough investigation is necessary to rule out bone fragility and genetic disorders, but patient history is key when evaluating unexplained fractures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Manipulation, Chiropractic / adverse effects*
  • Rib Fractures / etiology*