We tend to a large number of patients in our Henderson clinic, and Dr. Russell has helped many people manage a range of health challenges. However, a common issue that seems to stop some folks from pursuing care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Fortunately, according to three different studies (out of many on the topic), the answer to this question is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first article(1) was published in Spine and included 183 adults. Each participant was affected by spinal pain, and half of the patients received actual chiropractic care visits while the remaining patients were given two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to determine whether or not any undesirable negative effects occurred as a result of the genuine chiropractic treatments.
The doctors reported that nobody documented any serious negative adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did state that they got a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.
The next study(2), also published in the distinguished medical journal, Spine, was done in an attempt to ascertain 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 study participants.
Again, the investigators found no serious negative side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total side effects to be about six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the previous study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (about 1.6%) or a headache (4%), and this caused the authors to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
This third study(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 researchers investigated results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young ones, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse reactions. When parents were surveyed, 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 studies like these, chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic treatment can do for you, call our Henderson office and schedule an appointment today at (702) 990-2225.