How safe is Chiropractic? Can it cause Strokes?

Once in a while, I get a patient who comes to see me for the first time stating that they heard from an medical doctor, friend or collegue that a chiropractor killed or caused someone to have a stroke after an adjustment.  I normally don’t like to post anything with a negative connotation but after hearing this a couple of times in the past couple of months, I wanted to address it.

First of all, chiropractic care is safe and natural.  We are not moving the neck or body in any way that is not the normal range of motion for each person.  I have also not heard, seen or experienced anyone having a stroke after receiving care from a chiropractor.   There is also no actual proof out there that we have caused a stroke after an adjustment.   I have read stories which claim stroke after an adjustment but the there are way too many variables to lay claim on the chiropractor.

We also do not “break necks” as I have heard people state to me when coming to me the first time with fear of a chiropractic adjustment.  We are highly trained and board certified.  We go through rigourous training and have been taught to adjust safely and efficiently.   So efficiently that our malpractice insurance is very low compared to other doctors because the risk of harm is so low.

I have been seeing numerous chiropractors for years and have never experienced a stroke after an adjustment, not even close.  I know hundreds of chiropractors who have never killed or caused a stroke and I have personally seen thousands of patients, none of them have had any severe side effects other than a bit of soreness after care which does happen when the body is treated.

So, what are the risks of injury after getting chiropractic treatment? Well, mostly soreness that goes away in a couple of days. Here is the latest data on the risks of chiropractic care: