Neck and back problems can be hard to diagnose. Often, patients visit their doctors repeatedly for years and are never able to pinpoint the exact reason for neck and back pain. Chiropractic care has been used for centuries and generally thought to be safe. This isn’t to say it is without naysayers. There are many respectable detractors who claim this form of therapy is nothing more than voodoo. Others claim chiropractic maneuvers have been scientifically linked to blood clots, stroke and other neurovascular complications.
While the threat of injury is real, so is back pain and it is often unbearable. So much so, many patients take the health risks and seek the help of a chiropractor. Legal professionals agree all patients should be aware of the exact risks and their rights should injury occur at the hands of the chiropractor before making a decision to proceed with care.
Chiropractic manipulations that result in blood clots, stroke or other neurovascular complication or injury may have been caused by the chiropractor’s negligence. The techniques could have been provided incorrectly or without proper safety procedures to prevent injury. Chiropractic doctors are required to adhere to the same strict level of competence as other medical doctors. They are also required to carry medical malpractice insurance.