Safety of Chiropractic

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The Safety of Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic Health care is one of the safest forms of health care in the world. It is non-invasive, natural and performed by highly educated and skilled, licensed professionals. Chiropractors have some of the lowest premiums for malpractice because such few problems result from standard chiropractic care. Below are some comparison statistics which might make the picture of chiropractic safety clearer.

Risk of serious nerve injury from cervical manipulation — .00001-.00003%
Risk of death from lightning strike — .00002-.00008%
Risk of death from allergic reaction to anesthesia — .0008-.001%
Risk of seizure from DPT vaccination — .057%
Risk of death from cervical spine surgery — ..3-.9%
Risk of paralysis from cervical spine surgery — 1-2%
Risk of Hepatitis from blood transfusion — 7-10%
Risk of psychosis from cortico-steroid therapy — 10%<
Risk of adverse drug reaction in hospital — 30%

Another Perspective on the Safety of Chiropractic Treatment

Risk of Cauda Equina nerve insult from lumbar spine manipulation — 1 in 100,000,000
Risk of death from a plane crash flying 425 miles — 1 in 4,000,000
Risk of death from driving a car 14.5 miles — 1 in 4,000,000
Risk of being disabled from motor vehicle accident in driving a car 1.1 miles — 1 in 1,000,000
Risk of death from contraceptive pills per person per year — 1 in 5,000
Risk of death from skiing per person per year — 1 in 4,350
Risk of death from taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication — 1 in 2,500
Risk of death per person per year from smoking 1 pack per day — 1 in 200
Risk of death per person per year from motorcycle riding — 1 in 50

For more information on chiropractic in general go to:  Also, ACA Research.