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Known Side Effects of Chiropractic Care

August 25, 2012 by  
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Any form of health system intervention poses the risks of developing certain side effects and chiropractic care is one of them. Although there are a few of them, gaining knowledge about potential side effects that can be brought about by chiropractic care will help one prevent the possibility of it evolving into a more serious condition that can be life-threatening.

Common Side Effects

Ever since its emergence, chiropractic care has been receiving praises in the medical industry for introducing a brand of medical treatment that is effective and yet safe. For once, it lacks the use of invasive medical approaches that can be both dangerous and expensive. However, side effects with chiropractic care cannot be fully avoided due to differences in the way a patient’s body adjusts to the chiropractic manipulation or the extent of the damage.

If there are any side effect to be experienced from the use of chiropractic treatment, they are mostly mild and pose no real threat to someone’s health. For instance, a patient suffers from a feeling of soreness or slight pain on the part of the body where adjustments were done. In other cases, patients reported of having minor headaches after undergoing chiropractic treatment. Any form of pain experienced during treatment are due to the exertion of pressure and force on the spine by the chiropractor performing the adjustments.

How Common or Rare Is It?

Minor side effects range from feeling of fatigue, soreness, headaches, among others and they are all temporary. Plus, patients who experience them only cover a minor percentage of patients undergoing chiropractic care.

Another advantage of chiropractic treatments that you should make use of is the lack of drug prescription or use of surgical methods to treat the medical condition. Therefore, patients who need chiropractic care must not hesitate to proceed since any risks of developing side effects is very low. In fact, it is determined to be the least risky method of health care treatment available in the medical community.

Serious Side Effects

Several publications falsely claim that there are serious side effects brought about by spinal manipulation or other chiropractic treatments. Stroke is one of them. They claim the stroke is a result of the manipulation on the neck that create damage to the arteries that transport blood into the brain.

The case of chiropractic patients acquiring stroke as a result of the procedure is a rare incident though. In fact, statistics show that only 1 out of a million chiropractic patients are going to develop stroke. Hence, the risks of developing this particular side effect can almost be considered non-existent.

When Is Chiropractic Care Not Recommended?

Majority of chiropractic treatments provide immediate relief for patients. However, when pain continues even after the initial treatment procedure, it is recommended that the chiropractic treatment is continued for the next two weeks until the symptoms of their condition subsides. If there are no signs of improvement, then doctors reconsider other treatment options aside from chiropractic care.

There are certain instances or disorders though wherein chiropractic is not the best recommended type of treatment to undergo. Among them are infection in the bones or joints, acute rheumatoid arthritis, bone cancer, osteoporosis, or other diseases in the bone marrow or spinal cord.

How You Can Prevent Them

There is no better way to guard yourself againt any serious complications that could arise from contracting side effects on a treatment procedure than to prevent it. Here’s how you can do it:

• Talk with your chiropractors about possible side effects that can develop from a treatment method. This will enable you to take proper measures in ensuring that the side effects do not worsen or if there are any ways for you to prevent them.

• Try talking to previous chiropractic patients to determine what side effects they experienced (if any) and discuss how they dealt with it.

• When you experience side effects that last beyond 24 to 48 hours, make sure to inform your medical doctor or chiropractor immediately.

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