We tend to a large number of patients in our Selden and Coram, NY office, and Dr. BenEliyahu has helped many people manage a variety of health challenges. In spite of this, one worry that seems to stop some women and men from pursuing treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Fortunately, according to three different studies (out of quite a few on the topic), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults between the ages of 20 and 85. Each individual was affected by some kind of back pain, and half of the individuals received actual chiropractic care visits whereas the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic adjustments. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to discover if any unfavorable side effects were caused by the actual chiropractic adjustments.
The doctors reported that no participants reported any significant unfavorable adverse reactions in any way after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some people did state that they got a headache (just 9% of people) or muscle stiffness (37%) post-treatment, but the effects were not serious.
A second article(2), also released in the distinguished journal, Spine, was done in an attempt to establish the safety of chiropractic. The study group was much larger -- 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Again, the experts discovered no serious adverse side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total side effects to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (16 out of every 1,000 treatment consultations and 15 out of every 1,000 treatment sessions) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the authors to conclude that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
The third research paper(3) is unique from the previous two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, the authors analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse reactions. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Furthermore, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."
Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic can do for you, call our Selden and Coram, NY clinic and make an appointment today at (631) 736-4414.