The fact that neck manipulation can cause strokes among chiropractic patients is not commonly known. Chiropractors would like to keep it that way. However, a study conducted by the Stanford Stroke Center in 1992 sought to answer how common strokes caused by neck manipulation are.
The Stanford study focused on 486 doctors associated with the American Academy of Neurology in California. 177 of the 486 neurologists polled claimed they had treated patients that had suffered a stroke after receiving neck manipulations from a chiropractor. As you can see, strokes associated with neck manipulation are more common than you might believe.
Some chiropractors claim patients can be tested to determine if they are at risk for a stroke caused manipulation. For example, the chiropractor may hold the patient’s neck and head in a variety of positions. If the patient becomes dizzy he is assumed to be more likely to suffer a stroke. Chiropractors may also do the same procedure but use a stethoscope to listen for a signs of trouble. However, these tests are not reliable and there is no effective way to predict whether someone is prone to have a stroke.
For more information on the Stanford study and other issues discussed in this blog post please visit the following website: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/chirostroke.html. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke after being treated by a chiropractor, please call Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC at 1-866-587-0002, or email Jasper.