We care for a large number of people in our Bay Shore clinic, and Dr. Craig Selzer has helped many people overcome a variety of health problems. In spite of this, a frequent worry that seems to stop many women and men from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three different studies (out of countless on the topic), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults. Each individual reported suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic adjustments while the remaining patients were given two fake chiropractic adjustments. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to determine whether or not any unfavorable side effects were caused by the actual chiropractic treatments.
The authors reported that no one reported any significant undesirable adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some participants did report that they had a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the results were not serious.
The second article(2), also published in the prestigious medical journal, Spine, was conducted in an effort to establish the safety of chiropractic care. The study group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Once again, the researchers found no serious negative side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total adverse reactions to be approximately six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the previous study, some individuals did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (about 1.6%) or a headache (4%), and this caused 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."
The third study(3) is different from the previous two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, the researchers analyzed results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the children, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse 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 discover what chiropractic can do for you, call our Bay Shore clinic and schedule an appointment today at (631) 665-3714.