We care for a large number of people in our Alpharetta clinic, and Dr. Berklich has helped many people manage a variety of health issues. However, one issue that seems to stop a lot of people from seeking care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the issue), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and included 183 men and women. Each person was suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic adjustments while the remaining patients were given two sham chiropractic treatments. Data was collected after each real or fake adjustment to identify whether or not any undesirable side effects occurred as a result of the real chiropractic adjustments.
The doctors found that none of the patients reported any serious unfavorable side effects at all after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some participants did report that they experienced a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the results were not serious.
The second research study(2), also published in the distinguished publication, Spine, was performed in an effort to determine 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 neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Once again, the investigators found no serious negative side effects. The experts computed the risk of total side effects to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some people 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."
This third research paper(3) is unique from the first two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, the authors analyzed data 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 children, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse 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 has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic can do for you, call our Alpharetta office and make an appointment today at (770) 475-2225.