Chiropractic Safety Documented by Study

What is a Cervical Artery Dissection? Do Chiropractors Cause Strokes?

On May 30, 2016, the the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a study titled, “Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Chiropractic Care and Cervical Artery Dissection: No Evidence for Causation.” The researchers evaluated the evidence related to chiropractic manipulation and the form of stroke known as CAD. They found no causation.

Chiropractic Safety Documented by Study - Austin ATX Car Accident Truck Injury for Neck Whiplash Back PainOn a number of occasions, chiropractors have claimed that a smear campaign was being waged on their profession by baseless claims that chiropractic could cause strokes. This study looked at the actual scientific evidence to see if there was a causal relationship shown anywhere in the scientific data.

The study points out that there have been a number of case studies of patients who had CAD strokes following a chiropractic adjustment. However, this alone does not mean that the CAD was a result of the adjustment. As an example, there were probably also a number of people who have had car accidents at some point after a chiropractic adjustment. This would not mean that the chiropractic care caused the auto accident.

The researchers looked at the raw data to see what real scientific evidence there was for the claims. As the researchers stated, “We sought to examine the strength of evidence related to this question by performing a systematic review, meta-analysis, and evaluation of the body of evidence as a whole.”

Researchers did extensive searches for any references to chiropractic care and stroke. In so doing, they found 253 articles on the subject. Of these 77 articles were non-relevant and excluded. The remaining studies were reviewed for the strength of the evidence and the methodology leading to the results. Some studies showed no relationship with chiropractic and stroke, while some studies suggested that the risk was due to the condition that the patient had prior to the chiropractic care. In these studies, the stroke risk was the same, regardless if the patient went to a chiropractor or a medical doctor.

After reviewing all available studies, the researchers concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that chiropractic caused stoke. “We found no evidence for a causal link between chiropractic care and CAD.” They further explained the impact of their findings by noting, “This is a significant finding because belief in a causal link is not uncommon, and such a belief may have significant adverse effects such as numerous episodes of litigation.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Meniere’s Disease with Vertigo Helped by Chiropractic According to Study

What is Meniere’s Disease? Can Chiropractic Care Help Meniere’s? How is Meniere’s Disease Diagnosed?

On June 3, 2016, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a study showing chiropractic helping patients with Meniere’s disease (MD). According to the National Institutes of Health website, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Meniere’s disease usually affects only one ear.”

Meniere's Disease with Vertigo Helped by Chiropractic According to Study - Car Accident Whiplash Treatment Chiropractor in Austin TXThe study reports that a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease is reached when all other possible diseases with the same symptoms are ruled out. The study author reports that, “According to the Prosper Meniere Society a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease requires at least two spontaneous episodes of vertigo, each lasting 20 minutes or longer, hearing loss verified by a hearing test on at least one occasion, tinnitus or aural fullness and exclusion of other known causes of these sensory problems.”

In this study, 300 patients suffering from Meniere’s disease underwent a chiropractic examination. This included a case history, a physical and postural examination, thermographic heat studies and spinal x-rays of the upper portion of the neck. In all 300 of these patients, it was reported that there was some sort of prior neck trauma, such as whiplash, years earlier.

In each of the cases, a conclusion of the presence of subluxations in the upper neck area was made. With this information, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments appropriate to each of the patients was made when indicated.

Patients in this study were asked to rate their condition on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no symptoms and 10 being the worst imaginable. Prior to the study, the average rating given by the participants was 8.5 out of 10. Most patients reported that their condition made daily activities such as driving, working or socializing difficult to engage in.

After six weeks of chiropractic care, the average score lowered from 8.5 down to 3.0. In long-term follow-ups, the scores continued to improve reducing to 2.0 after one year, 1.4 after two years, 0.9 after three years, and eventually leveling off at a rating of only 0.8 thereafter. In 291 of the participants, chiropractic care had a profoundly positive effect on their condition and their lives, improving their ability to work, drive and have a better relationship with their spouse.

In the study conclusion the author wrote, “One hundred percent of three hundred consecutive patients medically diagnosed with Meniere’s disease also having suffered a whiplash trauma is unlikely coincidental.” He continued, “All patients with a history of vertigo should be questioned about a history of trauma, especially whiplash from an automobile accident, contact sports injury, or serious falls. Patients often forget these accidents, thinking that they were not hurt because they did not break any bones and were not bleeding.”

Based on the findings in this study, the author recommends that all patients suffering from vertigo with a history of some sort of trauma should be evaluated by a chiropractor.

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Neck Curve Improved with Chiropractic After Fusion Surgery

What is a Normal Neck Curve? Can Chiropractic Restore Loss of Neck Curvature?

From the scientific journal, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, comes a study published on May 12, 2016, showing that chiropractic helped a patient improve their neck curvature even after having spinal fusion surgery. A normal neck, when viewed on x-ray from the side, has a normal forward curvature.

Neck Curve Improved with Chiropractic After Fusion Surgery - Austin TX Chiropractor Auto Car Truck Accident Injury PainThe study begins by noting that a loss of the normal neck curve is a common finding in a chiropractic office. The study points out that once a neck curvature starts to decrease or reverse, the condition, if left untreated, makes itself worse over time. Many health issues seem to follow the progression of a loss of neck curvature. These problems include low back pain, disc degeneration, spondylosis, ossification of spinal ligaments, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, improper rib cage expansion, early osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, vertebral compression fractures and spondylolisthesis.

Problems from a loss of curve basically fall into two categories. These problems are either musculoskeletal in nature or neurological in nature. The musculoskeletal problems stem from an altered structure that affects posture and the mechanic of the spine. The neurological problems can affect the spinal cord itself as it gets stretched over a neck that is curving the wrong way.

In this study, a 43-year-old woman went to the chiropractor with a long history of severe neck pains. This problem was so severe that she had even had spinal fusion surgery on the lower parts of her neck. This surgery, however, did not yield the desired result, which caused the woman to seek chiropractic care. She was also suffering from mid-back pain as well as pain in the lower back.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included palpation, thermographic heat studies, and both static and motion x-rays. Her neck curve was almost totally reversed compared to a normal neck curvature. In addition, several areas of the neck did not have normal motion when examined with motion x-rays.

From the examination, a determination was made that subluxations were present. Specific chiropractic adjustments were given to address the subluxations and reversal of the neck curve.

After 9 visits, the study reports that follow up x-rays showed close to a 50% improvement in the woman’s neck. Additionally, the woman reported that most of her symptoms were significantly reduced.

In their conclusion, the authors sum up the importance of restoring a more normal cervical curve with chiropractic care. “Loss of spinal sagittal curves, specifically the cervical curve is a significant health risk, not only directly to the spinal cord via anoxia, leading to atrophy, but also the entire body since the nervous system is the control center for all bodily functions.”

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