This hot topic comes up about every five years. There are two links below showing the statistics of this occurring. So let’s start with the basics. A chiropractic adjustment is a medical procedure. Ever watched the drug commercials with all the side effects? Signed all the waivers before having a mole removed at the dermatologist, for example? There are inherent risks to medical procedures. In fact one of the most common causes of death in the United States today is prescription medication errors.
The odds of having a stroke after a chiropractic adjustment are roughly 1 in 5 million. The odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 1 million. So wait….you are more likely to be struck by lightning this year than to suffer an injury at my office. Yep that is exactly right!! Every patient at my office undergoes a full examination of orthopedic and neurological testing. Any patient that has a past history of stoke, heart disease, atherosclerosis or neurological conditions receives a different adjustment. I use an instrument adjustment if they need cervical (neck) adjustments. This technique has been shown to be completely safe and has NEVER caused a stroke.