We care for a large number of patients in our Henderson, NV clinic, and Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has helped many people overcome a range of health challenges. In spite of this, one concern that seems to stop some men and women from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Well, according to three separate studies (out of many on the issue), the answer to this concern is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first study(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults. Each person was suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic adjustments whereas the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Data was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to see if any unpleasant negative effects were caused by the real chiropractic adjustments.
Researchers found that nobody reported any serious adverse adverse reactions whatsoever after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some people did report that they had a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.
A second article(2), also released in the important journal, Spine, was conducted in an attempt to establish the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Once again, the experts found 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. And, just as with the previous study, some people did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4 out of every 100), 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 first two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, 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 visits made for the children, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, 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 learn what chiropractic can do for you, call our Henderson, NV clinic and make an appointment today at (702) 990-2225.