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Table 3 Primary complaint according to Helfo data (2013)

From: Children and adolescents presenting to chiropractors in Norway: National Health Insurance data and a detailed survey

Complaint/age of child 0–4 years 5–9 years 10–14 years 15–17 years Total
Excessive crying/infant colic 1427 (13.75 %) 11 (0.30 %) 1 (0.01 %) - 1439 (4.80 %)
Disturbed sleep 37 (0.36 %) 2 (0.05 %) 0 2 (0.02 %) 41 (0.14 %)
Stomach 1870 (18.0 %) 40 (1.09 %) 15 (0.20 %) 7 (0.08 %) 1932 (6.46 %)
Ears 20 (0.20 %) 18 (0.49 %) 14 (0.19 %) 5 (0.06 %) 57 (0.19 %)
Nose/throat 0 0 0 1 (0.01 %) 1 (0.003 %)
Musculoskeletal system 6539 (63 %) 2921 (79.35 %) 6917 (93.08 %) 8020 (95.13 %) 24,397 (81.53 %)
Headache 4 (0.04 %) 152 (4.13 %) 95 (1.28 %) 190 (2.25 %) 441 (1.47 %)
Asthma/allergy 4 (0.04 %) 2 (0.05 %) 0 4 (0.05 %) 10 (0.03 %)
Dizziness/lethargy 3 (0.03 %) 6 (0.16 %) 22 (0.30 %) 20 (0.24 %) 51 (0.17 %)
Concentration/hyperactivity 11 (0.12 %) 13 (0.35 %) 3 (0.04 %) 0 27 (0.09 %)
Prophylactic examination 174 (1.68 %) 21 (0.57 %) 11 (0.15 %) 8 (0.09 %) 214 (0.72 %)
Enuresis 30 (0.29 %) 210 (5.70 %) 44 (0.59 %) 3 (0.04 %) 287 (0.96 %)
Other 261 (2.51 %) 285 (7.74 %) 309 (4.16 %) 171 (2.03 %) 1026 (3.43 %)
Total 10,380 (100 %) 3681 (100 %) 7431 (100 %) 8431 (100 %) 29,923 (100 %)
  1. (− = not applicable, 0 = no children presenting with a particular complaint)
  2. Helfo: is the Norwegian registry that provided the National Health Insurance data on the accumulated the number of treatments administered by chiropractors, according to diagnostic codes given