‘All risk and no benefit’: Medical professionals criticise chiropractor for treatment on two-week-old baby
A Cranbourne chiropractor has sparked criticism after a video was posted on Facebook of him performing controversial spinal treatments on a two-week-old baby.
The footage shows Dr Andrew Arnold lifting the baby upside down and manipulating the baby’s back, hips and collarbone.
He also uses a spring-loaded device on the child’s neck and spine.
Professor Julian Rait, President of AMA Victoria, told Ross and John there are “definite risks” for babies receiving spinal treatments.
“It’s very concerning to see a child of this age being taken for spinal manipulation,” Professor Rait said.
“None of them (the treatments) really stand up to scrutiny.
“There’s no evidence that the treatment for infants is effective.
“There are definite risks for spinal manipulation in this group.
“The conclusion we’d have to make about looking at this video is it’s all risk and no benefit and should be appropriately criticised.”
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Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told 3AW she was “extremely disturbed” by the video from the “rogue practitioner” and that she had written to the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, demanding they “take the necessary action”.