Somatic dysfunction following sigmoid colon resection for diverticulitis: A case report
Somatic dysfunction can be the result of viscerosomatic reflexes. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) can interrupt the cycle caused by excited neurons forming the loop between the diseased viscera and spinal cord segments. A 55-year-old male patient was seen in the clinic with pain in his cervical and thoracic spine, right hip, and lateral regions of his feet bilaterally beginning two months prior following a sigmoid colon resection for diverticulitis. He was treated with OMT to the cranial, costal, thoracic, sacral, and abdominal regions resulting in decreased pain and tenderness and increased range of motion. Developing patterns of somatic dysfunction in this individual, and additional patients, with similar procedures could provide assistance in the treatment of post-operative abdominal patients.
Ridgeway, V. and Berkowitz, Murray R., "Somatic dysfunction following sigmoid colon resection for diverticulitis: A case report" (2010). PCOM Scholarly Papers. 742.