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Successful Interprofessional Treatment of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis A Case Report

Judith Boothby, MS, DC, PC; Shelly Coffman, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS; Todd Turnbull, DC

A 9-y-old boy with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who had been recommended for bilateral hip replacement received treatment for more than 8 y from an interprofessional group of clinicians. The clinicians provided chiropractic, naturopathic, and acupuncture care, in addition to pediatrics, rheumatology, orthopedics, and physical therapy care. This process was not easy; the patient used crutches for 2 y during treatment and experienced severe pain secondary to multiple joint pathology. He is now aged 17 y, and he regularly plays golf and basketball with his own hips.

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