We care for a large number of patients in our Burton clinic, and Dr. Elganainy has helped countless people overcome a variety of health challenges. In spite of this, a frequent worry that seems to stop many folks from pursuing treatment is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Well, according to three separate studies (out of many on the subject), the answer to this concern is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 men and women. Each individual was affected by spinal pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic adjustments while the other half received two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to discover whether or not any unpleasant reactions occurred as a result of the genuine chiropractic adjustments.
The authors reported that no one reported any serious negative adverse reactions whatsoever 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) after treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.
The second study(2), also published in the important medical journal, Spine, was done in an attempt to ascertain the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.
Once again, the investigators found no serious negative side effects. The authors computed the risk of total negative effects to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the first study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, unwanted effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4 out of every 100), 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 research paper(3) is different from the first two pieces of research, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the kids, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse effects. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."
Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic can do for you, call our Burton office and schedule an appointment today at (810) 715-7746.