Neck manipulation dangerous?


My neck and lower back have been feeling tight recently, and I’ve been considering going to a chiropractor for a little twisting and joint-cracking. An article I just read, however, gives me pause.

A study published in the Neurologist showed that young stroke patients were five times more likely to have had neck manipulation within a week of their stroke. Yikes!

Perhaps it’s too soon to react to this. Just because one event occurs after another doesn’t imply a causal relationship. An alternate explanation could simply be that head and neck pain, which often precede strokes, cause the already stroke-prone patients to seek relief from chiropractors.