Outrage at claim that chiropractor broke baby’s neck

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA)  said it was “outraged” at Fairfax newspaper reports of an investigation into the case of a four-month-old Melbourne baby.

The complaint was made to AHPRA by Dr Chris Pappas, a paediatrician at the Cabrini Medical Centre, who reportedly treated the baby following a chiropractic treatment for torticollis.

"Another few millimetres and there would have been a devastating spinal cord injury and the baby would have either died or had severe neurological impairment with quadriplegia," he was reported as saying.

Dr Pappas received a response from AHPRA earlier this month indicating that the case, which was referred on to the Chiropractic Board of Australia, had been closed after the chiropractor committed to completing further education, Fairfax reported.

Dr Pappas described the decision as an endorsement of “inappropriate” chiropractic treatment for infants