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Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe

Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe

Chiropractic care is extremely safe and effective. Complications from the purportedly riskiest chiropractic procedure, neck adjustments, include rarities such as:

1972 – In several tens of million adjustments, one death occurred.

1978 – One in 10 million neck adjustments.

1981 – One in 1 million neck adjustments.

1983 – Two-three in 1 million adjustments.

1985 – One in 400,000 neck adjustments.

1993 – One in 3.8 million neck adjustments.

1995 – One in 2 million neck adjustments.

1996 – One in 900,000 neck adjustments.

A comprehensive review of the correlation between chiropractic care and stroke (Feb. 2008 Spine Journal) examined 10 years of hospital records that covered 100 million person-years. Clear evidence demonstrated that there was no increase in the risk for vertebral artery dissection with chiropractic care, compared with medical care. Stroke, vertebraobasilar dissection in particular, is a random complication of any type of neck movement. Cases of serious injury are virtually nonexistent. The number of deaths due to use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) range from 3,200 to greater than 16,500 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations.

Chiropractors even pay considerably less in malpractice insurance than conventional medical practitioners. This is further evidence that chiropractic treatment is safe.


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