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Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects
I have a bad neck I see the chiropractor here and there for adjustment, sometimes the right side of my face will feel tense not numb how come?
Risk: Cervical manipulation may seem attractive but there is a risk of the manipulation. The maneuver can rarely cause a tear of the inner lining of the vertebral artery at the C1-2 level. There have been numerous reports of this happening. The result is damage to the brain stem and spinal cord called "locked In", paralysis from the level of the eyes down. Don't have the manipulation!! ...Read more
Generally avoiding: Sleeping on your stomach and using a relatively single flat pillow. Sleeping on your back with a pillow beneath your knees or on your side with your knees bent and possibly with a pillow between them are several suggestions. ...Read more
Depends on whether: It was there to begin with ;severity as well if any radiation into limbs as well if associated with any other neurologic issues like numbness. If symptoms are troublesome ; persisting/worsening, see physician for evaluation. If resolves, inform chiropractor as to what occurred to avoid any future issues. You may have a spinal instability or spinal stenosis or a large disc herniation or combo. ...Read more
See a Spine Surgeon: By weakness, are you referring to new onset arm or leg weakness? You need to get quickly evaluated by a spinal surgeon. If you are having progressive arm (s)/leg (s) weakness, then you will need to present to your local emergency room. Your cervical spine has to be evaluated with advanced imaging to ensure that you do not have any cord compression or severe stenosis. ...Read more
Yes: This can happen after any manual manipulation. It doesn't mean anything was necessarily wrong with the adjustment, but it could have caused a muscle spasm that leads to a headache. If you notice any other symptoms, like slurring of words or one sided weakness, see a physician immediately. With a hx of a spinal fusion though, be very cautious with who you see and how much is done. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Nor necessarily: Muscles, tendons and joints sometime take longer than the 24 hours that you would anticipate to recover from manipulation. This would be particularly true if the was damage to the area prior to treatment. ...Read more
Yes: A herniated disc is a contraindication to manipulation....You could make it worse. ...Read more
With the chiropractic adjustment and correct placement...No doubt a costochondral separation of 2nd rib. What areas are affected by this injury?
Back and chest: The second rib has three attachments. Thoracic vertebral body, transverse process and costal cartilage in front. If it's separated and moves about it can cause pain in the intercostal (between rib) muscles above and below due to compression and stretch injury. See an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation and treatment plan. ...Read more
Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?
Not recommended: Neck cracking done as "head thrusts" is considered potentially unsafe and should be avoided. The academy of neurology has come out against this procedure due to high risks of artery dissection and fatal stroke which can occur. I have seen 3 cases of these consequences while in training. I advise all my patients to reconsider doing such maneuvers. Risks vs. Benefits ratio unacceptably high. ...Read more
After chiropractic adjustment, lumbar is loose and pops by itself. Undergoing spinal decompression w/ the same effect. Why? Lumbar now feels fragile.
Can a bad chiropractic adjustment of the lower extremity cause permanent disability? Ex.pubic symphysis.
Unlikely: Forces required to disrupt injure the human pelvic ring are massive in the lab and beyond what can be produced by hands applied externally ...Read more
Is there a risk of stroke when getting an adjustment in the neck by a Specific Chiropractic? I have bulg. Discs, pinched nerves, numb/tingling & stenosi
Yes: Consider seeing a physical medicine/rehab MD for a consultation first. ...Read more
Will getting an chiropractic adjustment lead to increased creaking and cracking joints in the future? I crack spine, neck, should with little pressure
Nope: A proper chiropractic adjustment will increase health not add creaking. ...Read more
Yes: Chiropractic massage/adjustment is strenuous and should never be allowed on the neck. The back is strong enough usually to withstand it. There have been a number of cases of paralysis, fracture and stroke at the hands of chiros overdoing it on the neck. If your neck troubles you, see an orthopedic specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Has there been any research on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment on babies? Is it beneficial from chronic ear infections?
No!: If a chiropractor tells you he can treat your ear infections, you should run away. And if attempts this on your baby, you should run even faster! ...Read more
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