We care for a large number of people in our Boardman clinic, and Dr. Carradine has helped countless people manage a wide array of health issues. In spite of this, the primary concern that seems to prevent many people from getting care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Fortunately, according to three separate studies (out of many on the issue), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 women and men between the ages of 20 and 85. Each individual reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic adjustments while the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Data was collected after each real or fake adjustment to determine whether or not any unpleasant negative effects occurred as a result of the real chiropractic adjustments.
The authors found that none of the patients reported any significant undesirable adverse reactions whatsoever after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did report that they had a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.
A second research study(2), also released in the important medical journal, Spine, was conducted in an attempt to determine the safety of chiropractic. The study group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Once again, the investigators discovered no serious adverse side effects. The experts determined the risk of total negative effects to be approximately six 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%), and this prompted the researchers to conclude 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 different from the first two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this case, the researchers analyzed results 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 children, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were negative side effects. 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 has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Boardman clinic and make an appointment today at (330) 758-4446.