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Risk Reduction in Chiropractic Treatment

How Can Risk of Stroke be Reduced in Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractors who are conscientious and acknowledge the risk of stroke induced by upper cervical manipulation recommend preventive measures, including the following:

  • Thorough intake procedures for new patients, to help identify possible risk factors for strokes
  • Clear presentation of warnings and known risks to patients considering undergoing upper cervical manipulation
  • Recommendations that patients receive the safest and least invasive treatments appropriate

Some chiropractors do not acknowledge the risks of strokes induced by chiropractic treatments. They cite statistics that seem to indicate chiropractic treatments are safer than most other medical procedures; however, even one stroke is too many.

How Can Safety Be Measured?

Part of the problem is that there is no method by which a chiropractor can measure how far an artery can be manipulated at high velocity without tearing, resulting in risky scenarios involving blood clots breaking away from the artery wall and moving toward the brain. Patients who are informed of the risks may well decide against upper cervical manipulation and opt for less risky treatments. However, until informed consent is mandatory for all chiropractors, patients are at risk without ever knowing it.

Some Chiropractic Schools Do Not Teach These Methods

There are chiropractic schools that do not teach high-velocity upper cervical manipulations and whose graduates do not ever use this technique. It seems that these chiropractic patients have not experienced concurrent strokes.

For more information or to participate in the discussion of the issues described on this Web page, contact Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Organization.

Headquartered in New York, our organization reaches out on a national and international level to stroke victims, chiropractic patients, chiropractors, medical doctors and caregivers to provide support, gather data, and work toward promoting scientific information that may shed further light on this serious health concern.

Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Organization is dedicated to understanding, evaluating and researching the risks of stroke induced by chiropractic upper cervical manipulation. Contact us to learn how you can join us in our quest to raise awareness and increase knowledge about this issue.