Are Spinal Manipulations dangerous?
Answer: Chiropractic spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by chiropractic physicians. In fact, chiropractic adjustments are among the safest treatments for most back and neck problems. Perhaps the most interesting (and quite possibly definitive) study on the topic (Spine 2008; 33(4S):S176-S183) indicated that the risk of stroke for patients under the care of a doctor of chiropractic and a medical physician were identical, and less than 1 in 1 million. Considering that the vast majority of physicians don’t utilize cervical adjustments as part of their treatment regimen, these results would appear to indicate that cervical adjustments in and of themselves are not a causative factor of strokes.