In an update to this story about chiropractic treatment supposedly to blame for causing a fractured vertebrae of a four-month-old baby last year, the chiropractors was deemed not at fault.
An expert report undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, a federal body set up to replace state-based health regulators, quoted a radiologist who examined the four-month-old baby and found that there was “no evidence of fracture”.
It looks like this claim has gone away. However, it does not validate chiropractic and certainly not for children. There remains NO good evidence that chiropractic is helpful compared to the known risks.
But the doctor stands by his claim. Hmm.
But Dr Pappas said he was certain the four-month-old baby girl had sustained a fracture, which was confirmed by a radiologist, and he said further investigations revealed the baby had a congenital condition, which the chiropractor had overlooked. He said this condition put the infant at higher risk of injury and complicated the baby’s treatment after she was taken to hospital with a broken neck.
UPDATE (21-Oct-2013) The dispute about the case continues.
The chiropractic profession is being accused of a “poor-quality” investigation to clear a chiropractor who allegedly caused an infant’s neck fracture.
But leaked copies of an AHPRA report surfaced last week that appear to support the original complaint from Dr Pappas, who suggested a chiropractic manipulation caused the fracture.
Others were able to see the redacted report and assert that is clearly does state there was a fracture. Mick Vagg has the entire history here. The chiropractic association is in defensive mode because this finding would be devastating to their reputation.
Tip: John Cunningham on Twitter