Infant shoulder dysfunction

Infant shoulder dysfunction

A summary of the study

A recent Australian study revealed that a whopping 71.8% of 178 infants examined at a paediatric only chiropractic clinic between January 1, 2010 to 31st December, 2010 had glenohumeral joint dysfunction. The glenohumeral joint is the shoulder ball and socket joint.

By stark contrast a study in 2006 which reported shoulder dystocia at an occurrence of 0.6-1.2% of all deliveries, it represents a massive difference between shoulder issues picked up in neonatal examinations (i.e. following difficult births), and shoulder issues picked up by a chiropractor who is trained to look for issues with range of motion in infants.

Though these new findings are from just one year and is retroactive in it's view, it does make an argument to seek the assessment of a chiropractor if you're concerned and have been told to let them "just cry it out" (a frustration we hear from parents a lot).

The take-away is that prolonged crying should be investigated, and chiropractors are trained to assess the entire musculoskeletal system.

Chiro for Kids Special

To coincide with the April school holidays this year we are running 2 special offers for families of The Chiropractic Domain.

Standard visits for all patients under 18 years old get an extra $5.00 off their standard or reactivation visits.

New patients under 18 years old get 50% off their first AND second visit.

Terms and conditions do apply, and all the information can be found here (link)


Keil, B., and Fludder, C., (2020). The Prevalence and Predispoding factors of infant glenohumeral joint dysfunction: a retrospective study of 178 cases. Chiropractic Journal of Australia.

Fludder CJ, Keil BG. The prevalence of extremity joint dysfunction in neonates and infants within a paediatric chiropractic clinic. Chiropr J Aust. 2017;45(4):359-367.

Mehta SH, Blackwell SC, Bujold E, Sokol RJ. What factors are associated with neonatal injury following shoulder dystocia? J Perinatol. 2006;26(2):85-88.