Chiropractic Scare

on Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:32 pm

Let me begin by saying I have been seeing a chiropractor for over a decade. I have received much relief from pregnancy aches and pains as well as migraines. 

My youngest brother has been receiving chiro for almost as long, however last week he received very, very aggressive neck adjustments 3 times in a row. The last one left him feeling off and he felt like it worsened his migraine. He called me asking if I had ever had an adjustment worsen a headache and I said yes, once or twice. He then told me it was creating a different vision issue than his regular migraine aura. I told him get to emergency ASAP. He had a full stroke 15 minutes later. At the age of 29 years. Thank God he went to ER, he told me he almost went to try to sleep it off after he hung up the phone.

An MRI and CT scan showed that the stroke was NOT a clot that was already formed and agitated/released by the neck adjustment. But that the adjustment had actually caused a large tear in his vertebral artery and that it had in turn caused bleeding into his brain and consequently the stroke. 

The doctor told him that had he not come in right when he did, he would most certainly have died or in the best case scenario, been a vegetable. 

I realize that perhaps the chiropractor did not realize how aggressive he was being or even consider the trauma he could cause. Or maybe, he made a poor judgement call, he is only human. I have since consulted my own chiropractor, who sadly, is of the opinion that it's just not possible for a chiropractor to cause such trauma and that it  simply was an issue waiting to happen and that the adjustment just 'helped' it along. He stated over and over that chiro CANNOT cause a stroke. I am scared enough to not go back. I find physio to help my neck more anyway.

The other part is, the ER doctor told my brother that he has seen what he considers to be an alarming increase in chiropractic related strokes and vertebral artery tears. I realize that nowhere NEAR even 90% of all patients adjusted have this issue, but it definetely exists and it IS scary.

3 Replies

:) on Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:34 pm

Omg,that's scary,my mom goes all the time for her back

Neck only on Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:37 pm

Hi there. The ER doctor said he hasn't seen life threatening injuries from lower back, shoulder area or joints of the extremities, he HAS seen injuries from these adjustments but not deadly. He said if you feel you have to go to chiro, do not let them do your neck, even if they're gentle because it is so easy to cause trauma in the upper neck to the vertebral artery.

:( on Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:46 pm

Oh wow,thank you so much for sharing, that's serious stuff

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