Compression of the nerves in the lower spine. A certain type of stroke after neck manipulation. Conclusions Spinal manipulation, particularly when performed on the upper part of the spine, is often associated with mild to moderate adverse effects. It can also cause serious complications, such as dissection of the vertebral artery followed by a stroke.
Currently, the incidence of such events is unknown. In the interest of patient safety, we must reconsider our policy on the routine use of spinal manipulation. There are several online claims that claim adverse reactions and complications after one-time or prolonged chiropractic sessions. These include chronic headaches, neck pain, and brain bleeding.
Serious but rare side effects of chiropractic care include stroke, worsening of herniated discs, and cauda equina syndrome (pinching of the spinal nerves at the bottom that can cause permanent paralysis). Are Chiropractors Safe? Yes, chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who spend 3 to 5 years training for the profession. However, if you have spinal cancer, severe osteoporosis, bone abnormalities, or numbness of the extremities, see your doctor first, as these conditions increase the risk of side effects, such as herniated discs or nerve compression. Walls-Kaufman serves on the guidelines committee of the National Council of Chiropractic Practice, which describes its mission as providing evidence-based guidelines that “address consumer needs and are consistent with 'real world' chiropractic practice.
Chiropractic adjustment is generally considered safe when performed by someone who is properly trained and authorized to practice chiropractic care performs it for the appropriate condition. Although chiropractic care is generally safe, there are certain red flags when it comes to long-term chiropractic sessions. If you are considering chiropractic care, check with your primary care doctor first to rule out other health conditions that may be causing pain, such as a herniated disc.