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What are the risks of chiropractic treatment?

I am a 23 year old male and I want to see a chiropractor for my back pain. What are the risks of chiropractic treatment?

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The risks are extremely low. You could become more sore. That usually lasts for a day or two but then your discomfort will improve. There’s been reports of stroke with neck adjustments. Those reports come from adjustments from Osteopaths, Chiropractors and PTs (not Chiropractic alone), and the chances of that happening are, I believe 1 in 10,000,000.
Chiropractic is a very safe, holistic treatment for the relief of back pain. There are risks to any treatment, and risks with chiropractic care are low compared to surgical and any invasive therapy including injections.
Not many serious risks with chiropractic care. Mild strains can occur with some treatment, but the chiropractor will typically examine you to make sure you don’t have any red flags to being treated.

Vishal K. Verma, DC, CCSP

Chiropractic treatment has the lowest risk of any treatment for lower back pain, lower than over-the-counter NSAID therapy.
There are little if any risks for a 23-year-old male. A chiropractor is a trained doctor and will be able to find any contraindications to adjusting you. I highly doubt there will be any. Compared to medical treatment, the risks are significantly lower! That’s why a chiropractor’s malpractice insurance is 50-200K less per year than a medical doc!


Dr. Brandon Buttry
The adverse reactions to a Chiropractic adjustment are very rare and usually minor. This is why malpractice insurance for Chiropractors is very cheap. However, since Chiropractors manipulate the body by applying corrective force, there are inherent risks with forces being applied to the body. These can include; sprained ligaments, strained muscles, fractures, disc herniation, and myelopathy (conditions related to the spinal cord).
Hello! Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
In all of health care there is a risk in any course of treatment. Historical it has been shown to be very low in Chiropractic. It is always important to understand that all examinations and diagnostic test do not show or even indicate possible underlining pathology. All doctors must exercise judgement during the course of treatment to determine if progress is being made and if diagnostic test need to be done and/or referrals need to be made.
As with everything in medicine there are a few risks with chiropractic care. Complications associated with chiropractic care are extremely rare but may include, a herniated disk or worsening of an existing herniated disk, post treatment soreness, or a VAD after neck manipulation ( less than a 1/1,000,000).