Statistic for your consideration. MD or DC offices see People with “the worst headache I’ve ever had” This is the patient that needs to be in a hospital not an office. Most at rick are 1. younger females (24 to 45), 2. on birth control 3. smoker 4. family history of stroke. There are very effective alternatives to a conventional Adjustment. Most “chiropractic style” adjustments are done by untrained people i.e. trainers LMTs PTs. There is a lot more to an adjustment than making noise come out of your neck.
Arterial dissection of the cervical (neck) arteries is a very rare condition occurring in 2-3 persons per 100,000 population per year. As this condition often produces neck pain and headaches, many times individuals will consult with their health care providers for advice or treatment in response to the discomfort.
•Whether a person consults a medical doctor or doctor of chiropractic, stroke can follow at an equal rate regardless of the type of provider. Epidemiologic studies over many years with millions of patients do not reveal any greater association of stroke for persons under chiropractic care compared with persons under medical care.
•In February 2016, a team of neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania Hershey Medical Center published research concluding, “There is no convincing evidence to support a causal link between chiropractic manipulation and cervical artery dissection (CAD).”
•Chiropractic manipulation has shown to be safe, effective treatment for neck, mid back and lower back pain. A comprehensive review of scientific evidence noted that there is as much evidence supporting chiropractic care as for other treatments such as prescription and non-prescription drugs and surgery.