Chiropractic adjustment can cause or exacerbate herniated disks or cause nerve compression in the lower spine, according to Mayo Clinic. It can also cause vertebral artery compression, a type of stroke.
There are also mild risks, which occur more frequently than the bigger dangers, as reported by The Guardian. Patients may experience mild pain in the part of the body the chiropractor manipulated, which typically goes away quickly. Some of the more serious risks may be under reported.
Chiropractic care is considered safe for most people, according to WebMD. However, it is not suitable for people with osteoporosis or spinal cord compression. People with inflammatory arthritis should not undergo chiropractic treatments. It is also dangerous for people who are taking blood thinners. A history of cancer is also a risk factor.
In addition, people with an increased risk of stroke should not seek chiropractic care, according to Mayo Clinic. People with tingling or weakness in one limb should see a doctor, and those with instability and excessive motion in the spine should avoid chiropractic manipulation.
Patients can minimize their risk of chiropractic injury by consulting with their physicians before getting chiropractic treatment, as suggested by WebMD. Patients should also give detailed descriptions of their conditions and medical histories to their chiropractors.