In the history of medicine, there are many examples of practices that now seem strange. Bloodletting to cure an illness, for example, or the practice of measuring a person’s skull size to determine their intelligence. These practices were once common and considered to be beneficial but were later found to be ineffective and even harmful in certain circumstances. In modern times, most medical professionals would balk at the thought of using leeches as a means of bloodletting or performing primitive anthropometric measurements. However, a similar skepticism is not as readily apparent when it comes to the profession of chiropractic and its belief that misalignments of one’s spine can have a negative impact on one’s health. Is it possible that being born with an unnatural curve in your neck could cause you to have difficulty breathing? Or do these ideas sound like old-fashioned hogwash? Read on to learn more about whether or not chiropractors have ever paralyzed anyone.
Has A Chiropractor Ever Paralyzed Anyone?
The answer to this question is no. In the unlikely event that your chiropractor has ever paralyzed anyone, he or she must be one of the rarest of all chiropractors. In fact, there is only one other profession in which a single incident can be cited as evidence of harm by their actions, and that profession is dentistry.
What Does A Chiropractor Do?
- Chiropractors manipulate patients by manually moving their joints and muscles.
- Manipulation of the joints and muscles is known as “adjustment”.
- Adjusting patients is done for the purpose of correcting or maintaining health, or the absence of disease.
- A patient’s health is said to be “improved” if they feel better after having an adjustment, and “maintained” if they do not feel worse after having an adjustment.
- The degree to which a patient feels better after having an adjustment determines how effective that particular type of chiropractic care has been at improving/maintaining their health (or lack thereof).
- For example, a chiropractor may adjust a patient’s neck to improve their posture, thereby helping them feel more comfortable while standing or sitting upright (thus improving their health), but if they are so hunched over that they look like Frankenstein’s monster, then the chiropractor has not been very successful.
- Despite the fact that chiropractors claim to treat patients for the purpose of improving their health, chiropractors are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe any treatment beyond adjusting patients’ joints and muscles.
- Chiropractors cannot do any imaging studies such as x-ray or CT scans (except for very limited circumstances), nor can they order blood tests, perform surgery, prescribe medication, or administer anesthesia.
- Chiropractors cannot do any physical exams or take a patient’s vital signs like a doctor can.
- Chiropractors cannot perform any physical procedures on their patients as long as they are not properly licensed by the State of California (and many other states).
- Chiropractors may use a variety of different methods to adjust patients, but the vast majority of adjustments are done by manually moving a patient’s joints and muscles using either manual manipulation or “manipulation” technology (which is sometimes referred to as “manipulation therapy” or “manipulative therapy”).
- A chiropractor may adjust a patient’s neck, spine, and/or extremities by manually moving their joints and muscles (such as their neck, spine, and/or extremities), but they can also adjust a patient’s joints and muscles using “manipulation technology.”
- A chiropractor may adjust a patient’s entire body by manually moving the patient’s entire body (such as the lower back, hips, upper back, shoulders, and/or arms).
Has A Chiropractor Ever Paralyzed Anyone?
- What is the name of the profession? Chiropractic
- How many chiropractors are there in the United States? There are more than 36,000 chiropractors in the United States.
- How many people have been paralyzed by a chiropractor? There have been no documented cases of people being paralyzed by a chiropractor.
- Who do you think is most likely to be paralyzed by a chiropractor? The person most likely to be paralyzed by a chiropractor is someone who has already suffered from a spinal cord injury or stroke or who has neurological problems that may temporarily impair their ability to move their arms and legs because of neurological issues.
- If a person was disfigured or crippled by a chiropractor, would this be considered an occupational hazard? Yes, it would be considered an occupational hazard if a person was disfigured or crippled as a result of receiving treatment from one of these professionals.
- Would you consider going to a chiropractor? No, I would not consider going to a chiropractor.
- Did you go to a chiropractor in the past? Yes, I went to a chiropractor in the past
- Did you ever receive treatment from a chiropractor that caused any problems? No, I did not receive treatment from a chiropractor that caused any problems
- Would you ever go to a chiropractor if there were no other options available? No, I would not go to a chiropractor if there were no other options available
- If someone was paralyzed by the actions of their chiropractic doctor, do you think they would be able to sue the doctor for their injuries? Yes, they could sue their doctor for their injuries as long as they had evidence that the actions of this person were intentional or reckless and that this action caused them injury.
The Dangers Of Spinal Manipulation
- Spinal manipulation can cause nerve damage. This is a very serious risk, especially for people with neurological disorders. Nerve damage can occur when spinal manipulation is performed on the wrong nerve, or when the nerve is pinched during the process of adjusting a joint. There are many conditions that may result from nerve damage caused by spinal manipulation, such as numbness or tingling in one’s fingers, foot or legs; weakness or paralysis in one’s arm or leg; and/or pain.
- Spinal manipulation can cause muscle spasms and tissue damage. When a joint is manipulated during a chiropractic adjustment, it may be placed in an abnormal position relative to its normal range of motion. The abnormal position of the joint may lead to muscle spasms and tissue damage that could lead to future health problems associated with that particular joint.
- Spinal manipulation can cause injury to blood vessels in the spine (a condition known as vertebral artery dissection). This can cause a stroke or other neurological problems.
- Spinal manipulation can cause damage to the spinal cord (a condition known as spinal cord injury). This type of injury may result in paralysis or loss of function on one side of the body, including the loss of the ability to walk, speak, see, and/or breathe.
- Spinal manipulation is not an effective treatment for upper spine pain (a condition known as cervical radiculopathy). There are no studies that have shown that spinal manipulation is effective at treating upper spine pain. It is important to remember that spinal manipulation does not treat upper spine pain; it only treats symptoms that are caused by changes in the musculoskeletal system such as headaches, neck pain, and back pain.
Chiropractic has been around since the late 19th century and, despite many advances in medical research and technology, remains largely unchanged. The profession has never undergone a rigorous evaluation of its efficacy and remains largely unregulated. The field is currently in the midst of a public relations campaign aimed at improving its image, with the goal of expanding its patient base beyond those with lower back pain related to misalignment of the spine. The evidence, though, suggests that chiropractic care is not an appropriate treatment