Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress 2001 (May); 6: 313
Introduction: Autism and pervasive development disorder (PDD) are developmental disabilities that share many of the same characteristics. Usually evident by age three, autism and PDD are neurological disorders that affect a child's ability to communicate, understand language, play, and relate to others. The diagnosis of Autism and PDD is determined via observation of symptoms in three major areas. The incidence of Autism/PDD varies depending on the party of investigation; however, the incidence is rapidly increasing according to all parties and is greatly prevalent among males. The characteristics vary widely in abilities, intelligence, and behaviors. The underlying cause of the disorder is hotly debated and theorized.
Method: An examination, history, and x-ray analysis resulted in a prescription for a series of chiropractic adjustments to specific spinal areas on this five-year-old male. Details of the examination findings, treatment methods, risks, expectations, and responsibilities of parent/child were explained to involved parties. A subjective and objective monitoring system was established and mutually agreed upon.
Results: Extraordinary progress was noted in the patient by all involved parties. The subjective and objective monitoring system revealed a 96% overall improvement after 2 weeks of treatment. A 102% overall improvement was revealed on a 3.5 year follow-up, the mother adding that the child appeared near normal. This progress is vastly superior to typical progress following standard medical treatment.
Conclusion: Chiropractic treatment may be helpful to other autism/PDD cases. Further investigation utilizing clinical trials and double blind studies are warranted and planned for the future. The monitoring system can be improved by adding more observers/evaluators to rule out any bias. If future investigations yield similar results as above it may lead to preventive measures for this type disorder.