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Are you receiving chiropractic care for neck pain? Chances are your chiropractor did not warn you that chiropractic adjustment of the neck has been linked to stroke. In fact, the chiropractic injury claims that strokes associated with chiropractic care are rare.

According to the World Chiropractic Alliance, "Numerous published scientific and medical studies have shown that the incidence of strokes associated with chiropractic care is estimated at between one and three per million adjustments."

They go on to say that nearly one million chiropractic procedures are safely performed each working day. If you do the math, this adds up to about 260 to 780 strokes per year.

A chiropractic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is overstretched during a chiropractic neck manipulation (cervical adjustment). Hours or even weeks later, the stretched artery becomes blocked or ruptured, interrupting the flow of blood to the brain. Symptoms of chiropractic stroke include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden weakness
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness on one side of the body
  • Sudden change in vision in one or both eyes

A chiropractic stroke can happen to anyone who receives chiropractic neck treatment, even a healthy individual. If you experience any symptoms of chiropractic stroke after a chiropractic neck manipulation, go to an emergency room.

The effects of a chiropractic stroke can be devastating. Those who survive a stroke are often left permanently disabled and unable to work. If you suffered a chiropractic stroke, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. To learn more about Illinois chiropractic malpractice, contact the Bloomington personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 866-532-4800.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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