Chiropractic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain ruptures or becomes blocked as a result of being stretched during chiropractic neck manipulation. Also called cervical adjustment, chiropractic neck manipulation is a manual treatment where a vertebral joint is passively moved between the normal range of motion and the limits of its normal integrity, though a universally accepted definition does not seem to exist.

Although chiropractic neck manipulation has long been associated with chiropractic strokes caused by injury to the blood vessels that supply the brain, the incidence of chiropractic strokes is under-reported. In fact, no one really knows how often chiropractic strokes occur because (a) many victims never associate their chiropractic treatment with the chiropractic strokes that may follow up to several weeks later; (b) there has been little systematic study of the frequency of chiropractic strokes; (c) the largest chiropractic malpractice insurers will not reveal how many cases they know about; and (d) a large majority of chiropractic strokes are not reported in scientific journals.

Symptoms of Chiropractic Stroke

If you experience the symptoms of chiropractic stroke after a chiropractic manipulation, you should immediately see a medical doctor or go to an emergency room and tell them you received chiropractic care and believe the manipulation caused an artery to tear.

Symptoms of a chiropractic stroke may develop immediately or just hours after a chiropractic manipulation, but it could take days or even weeks for symptoms and/or a chiropractic stroke to occur. Symptoms of a chiropractic stroke usually occur suddenly and may include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  •  weakness
  • slurred speech
  • sudden numbness on one side of the body
  • vision problems
  • severe headache

Chiropractic Stroke Malpractice Attorney

The effects of a chiropractic stroke can be devastating, both emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one experienced signs or symptoms of a chiropractic stroke after having a chiropractic neck manipulation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

To learn more about your legal rights and options,contact one of our chiropractic stroke malpractice attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by