Safety and Chiropractic

Is Chiropractic Safe

I love when people ask this question because it literally takes less than 30 seconds for me to change a skeptic mindset from being scared of chiropractic to an open-minded person that is ready to try chiropractic.  All I do is to show them my mal-practice insurance coverage.  An average spinal medical doctor such as orthopedic or neurologist that deals with disc herniation’s, sciatic problems and neck pain may pay tens of thousands of dollars for malpractice insurance, while we chiropractor pay a fraction of that for the same amount of coverage.  For the past 25 years I have paid less than $2500 for over 3000,000 dollar coverage.  That alone should tell you that if the insurance companies believe we are safe and charge us a very small premium then stats speak for us and the truth is that people just don’t get hurt in chiropractic offices.  So what is the big commotion about chiropractic and stroke and paralysis? Well, it does happen.  If the doctor does not do a good job of evaluation and analysis to provide the proper adjustment techniques tailored individually for patients then disaster can happen.  Now they are very rare, but they do happen.  For example, when I was in school, there where only about sixty documented cases of chiropractic stroke injuries.  Now looking at how many adjustments are provide every day in US and how many of people complain of injury or stroke afterward, the percentage is extremely small.  Just recently I read that over 600,000 kidneys fail due to anti-inflammatory medications.  60 chiropractic cases in early 90’s and 600,000 kidneys every year . . .. . . you can see but putting it in that perspective chiropractic comes out to be a very safe and gently spinal treatments.  But do your homework and make sure as a patient you are doing your best to protect yourself:

  1. See how the chiropractor is evaluating your spine especially your neck
  2. Ask him or her if they are doing any orthopedic test to rule out vascular issues in the neck
  3. See if they are taking your history, or other diseases not related to the spine but important for vascular and nerve health such as diabetes.
  4. Finally they should be taking a good look at the medications you are taking such as blood thinners, like comodin, heparin and etc.
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