Let’s Start Here:
In this blog, we are going to explore what the research is saying about the safety of neck adjustments when done by a chiropractor. We are going to talk about the bottom line facts about this common treatment. We will then get into why it matters that you know this information. Then finally we will discuss the best next steps to take when considering treatment with a chiropractor. As your local Overland Park Ks, chiropractor it is our job to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right choice for care.
For someone who has never been to a chiropractor, it is a scary thought to have your neck adjusted. There are a lot of myths on the internet saying that it is dangerous to have your neck adjusted. (Click Here for FAQ's) Now, it is a big trust factor for a stranger to hold your head in their hands and manipulate the cervical joints. The bottom line is there is a lot of research out there saying that the risk of adverse effects is extremely low.
Why it Matters:
The lifetime prevalence of neck pain has been estimated at 70%. Over one million US adults suffer cervical sprain/strain from whiplash injury alone each year. The reason it is so important to understand the safety of cervical adjustments is that the adjustment is some of the best treatment options for neck pain.
- Trusted healthcare organizations recommend chiropractic care for neck pain.
- The increased risks of stroke associated with chiropractic and primary care doctor visits are likely due to patients with headache and neck pain from VBA dissection seeking care before their stroke.
- No evidence of excess risk of stroke associated chiropractic care compared to primary care.
- There is a 1 to 5 million chance that a chiropractor can cause a stroke with neck adjustments.
We are happy that major, trusted healthcare organizations have evolved to support natural ways to find relief from neck pain. We are also happy that there is research out there supporting the case for chiropractic treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with neck pain, reach out to us today. Our practice will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine the source of your problem and the best unique care plan designed specifically to help you find relief
Cassidy, J. D. (2008). Risk of vertebrobasilar stroke and chiropractic care: results of a population-based case-control and case-crossover study. Spine.