Osteopathic Cranial Manipulation for a Patient With Whiplash-Associated Disorder: A Case Report

J Chiropr Med. 2021 Sep;20(3):163-169. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2021.12.003. Epub 2022 Apr 6.


Objective: The purpose of this case report is to describe the immediate effects of osteopathic cranial manipulation on pain and cervical motion in a patient with whiplash-associated disorder.

Clinical features: A 74-year-old man reported daily cervicogenic headaches after a whiplash injury caused by a traffic accident 3 months prior. Physical examination and osteopathic assessment identified tissue texture alteration, positional asymmetry, limited range of motion, and tenderness. The resulting diagnosis was somatic dysfunction of the head and the cervical region.

Intervention and outcome: Osteopathic manipulative treatment was administered to the occipital area. The patient reported an immediate improvement in pain. Accessory movement of the cervical spine was improved.

Conclusion: This patient responded favorable to osteopathic cranial manipulation with improved symptoms and ranges of motion.

Keywords: Connective Tissue; Manipulation; Osteopathic; Whiplash Injuries.

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  • Case Reports