Compression of the nerves of the lower vertebral column. A certain type of stroke after neck manipulation. There is currently a lot of evidence showing that more than half of patients suffer from mild to moderate adverse effects after consulting a chiropractor. They are mostly local and referred pain that usually last two to three days.
Chiropractors often state that these are necessary steps to improve. On a good day, we might even believe them. A more open question is whether contacting a chiropractor can result in less serious injuries. A study of patients with neck pain found that 30% had some type of “adverse reaction” after chiropractic treatment.
Eric Hurwitz, first author of the study and graduate professor in epidemiology at the University of Hawaii. It is true that in the UK, chiropractors have been regulated by law for many years and have their own Royal College and their own General Council of Chiropractic. Virtually all chiropractors use spinal manipulation regularly to treat low back pain and other musculoskeletal pain. Recognizing the vulnerability of the neck, some chiropractors take a more conservative approach when treating the area.
Chiropractors don't like to hear any of this and claim that these are extremely rare events or deny any connection with their manipulations. Instead, they say, a visit to a chiropractor is usually the result of an arterial dissection, not the cause of it. In a widespread case last year, a 28-year-old graduate student at the University of South Georgia named Caitlin Jensen became dizzy and nauseous after a chiropractor manipulated her neck. Another thorny topic for chiropractors of all stripes is the public perception that manipulating the spine can result in injury or, more disturbing, a stroke or a tearing of the arteries.
The therapists involved are mostly chiropractors; this predominance is probably due to the fact that these therapists use spinal manipulation more frequently than other professionals. They refer to review articles that have found no link between neck manipulations and arterial tears, and to research that shows that people who went to the primary care doctor were just as likely to have a stroke in the weeks following the visit as those who went to a chiropractor. Spinal manipulation had been performed by orthopedic surgeons (50%), physical therapists (14%), chiropractors (11%) or other health professionals. Chiropractors may argue that it takes years of experience to learn the precise psychomotor control that is required to perform specialized manipulations.
Going to a chiropractor has become an accepted part of health care, and about 15 percent of adults in the United States visit one each year. This “lack of presentation of a unified front” is the biggest problem facing chiropractors today, says Dr.