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Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?

Turning to new treatments can be scary if you aren’t sure what you’re getting yourself into. Maybe your doctor suggested looking into chiropractic treatment for your back pain, neck pain, or headaches. “Chiropractic manipulation” sounds a little ominous – how safe can it actually be?

Chiropractic treatment is actually one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies for those neuromusculoskeletal pains you might experience. The risks involved are extremely small, as long as you’re working with an experienced professional.

The primary risk you are dealing with is that of simple soreness. You may experience soreness, stiffness, or aching as if you had just exercised. This typically goes away within 24 hours.

The other risk that you may hear cited is that of a rare stroke being set off by a certain treatment called “cervical manipulation.” Some attempt to connect these strokes directly to the chiropractic treatment, but in reality, the stroke seems to take place spontaneously in patients who have a pre-existing arterial disease. The risk of these strokes and neck manipulation is extremely small, at about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated. The stroke in question can be set off with the turning of the head in normal, everyday life, such as while driving or getting your hair shampooed at a salon.

Stephen Perle, a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association, said, “There is no such thing as ‘chiropractic stroke,’ any more than there is ‘unhappiness heartburn.’” Patients who eventually suffer from these strokes may have sought chiropractic care for neck pain caused by their pre-existing arterial conditions in the first place. So, there can appear to be a link that, in reality doesn’t exist.

Realistically, the risk you take by treating this pain with over-the-counter or prescription NSAIDs and painkillers is greater than if you treated the pain with chiropractic manipulation. According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people who take NSAIDs are three times more likely to develop serious gastrointestinal problems. In addition to this, prescription painkillers are one of the leading causes of death in the US according to the CDC.

As with any medical treatment or procedure, always discuss your options with your healthcare providers. Your chiropractor needs to be aware of your medical history; this includes ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic and surgical history, and your lifestyle.

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Once you feel confident that chiropractic treatment is right for you, contact the trusted professionals at Lipinski Chiropractic and start your journey towards becoming pain-free!