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Functional disorders of the spine in small children 

Functional disorders of the spine in small children
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Functional disorders of the spine in small children
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Heiner Biedermann

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10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0022
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date: 23 May 2019

In order to understand the adult, it is advisable to look at the child, and even more so at the baby. Close contact with small children and their problems reveals the potential of functional disorders to influence the long-term development in adults. Internal medicine examines this with laboratory findings or radiological tools—manual medicine looks for patterns of (mal)function. Most of those active in this field have a tendency to assume laboratory pathologies can only be influenced by biochemical tools, i.e. pharmacologically. Accustomed to the ‘gold standard’ of double-blinded trials, one disregards any involvement above the biochemical level as ‘soft’ or ‘fuzzy’. From headache to depression, from vertigo to obesity, drugs rule. Those of us busy in the realm of musculoskeletal medicine know, from daily experience, about the enormous influence a well-crafted intervention can have.

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