Chiropractic and Stroke In Older Patients

A major criticism of chiropractic is that it can cause stroke in patients. This belief has hindered many people from considering it as a viable way to treat various ailments. Older demographics have been especially wary about trying chiropractic due to their fear about it causing stroke. However, according to a new study, senior patients receiving chiropractic treatment are actually at very low risk of getting a stroke from manipulations.

The research says that patients between the ages of 66 and 99 years of age receiving cervical spine adjustments are not likely to experience a stroke. Patients who were being treated for neck pain by a chiropractor were not at any more risk of stroke than patients who were seeing a traditional medical doctor. 

This study is important because the findings support what chiropractic supporters have been authorizing all along, chiropractic is an option for older people who are looking for  a way to get pain relief without using medications. Although stroke is always something that any physician should be aware of when seeing older patients, the study is supportive that chiropractic manipulations do not put the patient at risk of a vertebrobasilar stroke. Published in JMPT magazine in February 2015, the new information will be able to be used as a tool by chiropractors when they are informing new patients about their services.  

If you are a senior citizen with neck pain, chiropractic care may be the treatment you have been looking for. It is a low risk treatment that offers a natural way to relieve neck pain without the use of surgery or pain medication. As the new study suggests, older patients do not have to fear stroke or other injuries due to spinal manipulations. When looking into chiropractic, be sure to see a chiropractor who is experienced in working with older patients. 

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