We tend to a large number of people in our Asheville clinic, and Dr. Arnold has helped countless people eliminate a range of health problems. Even so, the primary worry that seems to prevent a lot of people from pursuing treatment is whether or not chiropractic adjustments are safe. Well, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the topic), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and included 183 women and men. Each person was suffering from spinal pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic care whereas the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic treatments. Information was collected after each real or fake adjustment to see if any unfavorable side effects were caused by the genuine chiropractic adjustments.
Researchers found that nobody reported any serious adverse adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did state that they had a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.
National Survey Confirms that Chiropractic Care is Safe
The next study(2), also published in the distinguished medical journal, Spine, was done in an effort to determine the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.
Again, the experts discovered no serious negative side effects. The experts computed the risk of total adverse reactions to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some participants did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this caused the authors to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Children
The third research paper(3) is unique from the previous two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, the authors investigated results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were questioned, 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 studies like these, chiropractic care has been found to be safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Asheville office and schedule an appointment today at (828) 253-9856.
- Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
- Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
- Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
We treat many auto injury cases in our Asheville office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you are dealing with neck pain after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Arnold sees this type of condition very often in our Asheville office. Neck pain is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Arnold sees often in our Asheville office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help? Why is neck pain such a common problem after a car crash? How can your chiropractor help you get better? Let's see why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you heal. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an accident and see how chiropractic care can help. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Arnold can help you.
It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a car crash. Even in a collision, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. The neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a collision, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured area gets swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Dr. Arnold Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Faster
You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Arnold is conveniently located in Asheville to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Arnold is here to help. Dr. Arnold has been helping patients in Asheville since 2014, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Next, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Arnold will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (828) 253-9856 to make an appointment.