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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as a Useful Adjunctive Tool for Pneumonia

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as a Useful Adjunctive Tool for Pneumonia

Article DOI: 10.3791/50687-v 13:27 min May 6th, 2014
May 6th, 2014



Pneumonia is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the U.S. Osteopathic manipulative techniques (OMT) may be utilized as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of pneumonia to enhance biomechanical and immune function; and ultimately, to reduce hospital stay, duration of antibiotics, incidence of respiratory failure, and mortality. In this video-article, we will review randomized controlled studies on the use of OMT in pneumonia patients, as well as demonstrate specific hands-on techniques that are routinely practiced by osteopathic physicians when treating pulmonary infections.


Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Adjunctive Tool Pneumonia Microbial Infection Lives United States Hospitalization Length Of In-patient Hospital Stay Financial Burden Infectious Disease Society Of America/American Thoracic Society Guidelines Standard-of-care Recommendations Antibiotic Regiment Fluid Replacement Ventilation Corticosteroids Statins Supporting Evidence Cost-effective Adjunctive Treatment Length Of Hospital Stay Intravenous Antibiotics Respiratory Failure Death Conventional Care Alone Manual Manipulation Techniques
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