March 21, 2008

Crack and a Stroke?

This must be "Quack Day" on Aces Full. Next time you go in for a chiropractic adjustment, ask them for the Deluxe Stroke-Inducing Neck-Crack.

"I was shocked," she says. "I didn't know you could have a stroke from chiropractic treatment. And I didn't know you could have a stroke so young."

You mean they didn't really explain the risks? I'm shocked, too!

[...]holding her head in both hands and turning her neck quickly but gently to the right and to the left. Although the pain didn't go away, Harwe did get some temporary relief, so she scheduled another appointment for a few days later. This time, when the doctor turned her head to the left, she felt nauseated and heard "the sound of the ocean in my head," she remembers. The chiropractor quickly did an adjustment in the other direction, then asked Harwe to sit up. She couldn't -- the whole left side of her body felt limp and numb -- and she couldn't speak, either.

For reference, here are some stroke warning signs:

  • Sudden trouble seeing.
  • Sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • You're in a chiropractic office and some guy playing doctor is cracking your neck

Now, enjoy some Penn and Teller.

BTW, CNN must be worried about upsetting chiropractors, because the headline to their story was "Birth control pills, salon haircuts can raise stroke risk" but the chance of having a stroke because of a beauty salon visit was considered much less of a risk than chiropractic, according to the article.

Maybe CNN is afraid that chiropractors are going to slip a few subluxations into an envelope and mail them to the health staff writers.

To tie this all together with the last post:

When the polio epidemic was at its peak in the mid-1950s and the Salk vaccine was being promoted for immunization against poliomyelitis, the National Chiropractic Association campaigned against polio vaccination and recommended chiropractic adjustments for preventing and treating the disease.

If you were rooting for the disease to win, remember to thank a chiropractor.

Posted by James at March 21, 2008 12:40 PM
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Horse hockey.

what about the study showing that the people going to the hospital for neck pain had the same incidence of stroke afterward as those who went to a chiropractor?

The neck pain was a symptom of an already occurring stroke is the conclusion.

People seem to miss that study for the more sensational accusation that has no basis in fact.

Dr. J

Posted by: Jesse at March 22, 2008 8:11 AM

Sure, that would be compelling if we could assume that everyone who has a neck adjustment does so because they had neck pain.

But they don't, so your study (reference, please) is more of a "cover our ass" "this-will-sound-good-on-a-radio-show" effort than a critical analysis of chiropractic.

Posted by: James at March 22, 2008 10:27 AM

I would like to see your study, Jesse. This article refers to a number of studies:

Posted by: Maggie at March 22, 2008 11:20 AM

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