We tend to a large number of patients in our Tulsa office, and Dr. Bogan has helped many people overcome a variety of health challenges. In spite of this, a frequent worry that seems to stop some women and men from getting care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Well, according to three separate studies (out of many on the issue), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 women and men. Each test subject reported suffering from spinal pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic care whereas the other half were given two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Data was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to determine whether or not any undesirable negative effects were caused by the real chiropractic treatments.
The doctors found that nobody reported any significant adverse adverse reactions whatsoever after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some people did report that they got a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.
The second article(2), also released in the influential medical journal, Spine, was performed in an attempt to ascertain the safety of chiropractic care. The study 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 investigators found no serious adverse side effects. The experts determined the risk of total adverse reactions to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the previous study, some people did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this caused the researchers to determine 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 unique from the first two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, the researchers investigated 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 young children, chiropractors answering the survey reported only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Furthermore, 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 care has been found to be safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic can do for you, call our Tulsa clinic and schedule an appointment today at (918) 832-7880.