Building Awareness of Chiropractic Stroke
A stroke can cause serious long-term damage and even death, but quick treatment by a physician or emergency department can significantly reduce the risk of permanent harm. That is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms and to tell your doctor about anything that may have caused your stroke. If you have stroke like symptoms after chiropractic treatment you should be certain to tell this fact to your doctors. Since strokes can be caused by other conditions, your doctor will know to look for a vertebral artery dissection or carotid artery dissection and they can determine whether that was the source of clots that cause the stroke.
At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock in New York, we assist clients nationwide in determining whether their strokes have been caused by chiropractic neck manipulation and, if so, holding chiropractors accountable for their malpractice.
To schedule a free consultation with experienced Newburgh chiropractic malpractice lawyer Charles Rock, contact us today.
Knowing the Signs and Symptoms So You Can Get Fast Medical Attention
Malpractice in chiropractic treatment is one of the many circumstances that can cause a stroke. No matter what causes them, all strokes have common symptoms. According to the American Heart Association, the following may be signs and symptoms of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you have any of these symptoms, you should get emergency medical attention immediately. If you are treated within an hour (called “the golden hour”), you may be able to avoid irreversible harm. A full-fledged stroke that goes untreated will most likely lead to permanent damage.
Identifying Whether Chiropractic Treatment Caused Your Stroke
Chiropractic neck manipulation can cause strokes when arteries leading to the brain are torn on the inside. This tear – called “dissection” often results in the formation of blood clots as the body tries to heal the tear. The clots that break away then flow “upstream” in the arteries into the brain. As the arteries branch off into smaller ones, the clot will into those smaller arteries and finally will clog them. The brain tissue ahead, “downstream”, will quickly become deprived of the nutrients and oxygen. Brain tissue is injured and dies very quickly. Brain tissue cannot be replaced. In some cases, strokes have occurred during the chiropractic treatment, but they can also occur days and even weeks after the treatment as a result of artery damage.
If you are having signs or symptoms of a stroke and have received chiropractic neck manipulation recently, tell the emergency room doctor as soon as possible. That doctor will order certain tests to see if the vertebral artery is dissected.
There are tests that can be done to determine whether chiropractic treatment caused your stroke, and if so, it may be possible to repair the artery damage to prevent future strokes.
If you suspect that your stroke was caused by chiropractic neck manipulation, contact us to discuss how chiropractic malpractice attorney Charles Rock and our team can help you pursue fair compensation from the chiropractor responsible for your injuries.