Chiropractic Treatment Medical Risks

Risk of Arterial Dissection and Stroke The American Heart Association recognizes that chiropractic neck manipulations, or having your neck adjusted by a chiropractor, may be associated with an increased risk of stroke. This is because chiropractic cervical manipulation may lead to vertebral artery dissection, or a tearing of the inner lining of the artery. The risk of arterial dissection is even higher among people who have existing risk factors or a history of smoking. However, arterial dissection may occur in anyone, even if they have been receiving chiropractic treatment for years without...

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