Summary by Utah Sports and Wellness
Link to Original Article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27884458/
- Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases.
- April 2017
- 34 References
- Nine year study
Neck pain and headache are common symptoms in the general population:
- Can cause considerable health burdens.
- There is evidence that manipulation can improve neck pain and certain types of headaches.
- Patients with carotid artery dissection can present neck pain or headache before a stroke.
- Some individuals with neck pain or headaches see a Chiropractor for care, however most will see their primary care physician.
Associations between Chiropractic and PCP visits were similar:
- No excess risk of carotid artery stroke after Chiropractic care.
- To date, there are no reported cases of stroke as an adverse event in the trials of cervical spine manipulation.
- Large studies comparing Chiropractic services and PCP services found similar associations for both provider groups.
There are a few conditions that increase the risk for stoke with Chiropractic care:
- Physical Inactivity
- Heart Disease
- History of stroke
Overall, there are very few cases exposed to Chiropractic care prior to a stroke. The odds of seeing a Chiropractor prior to a stroke remains below one percent.