“And the scary thing is that the nurse told me it happens all the time.”
Based on what you have read is it reasonable to conclude that this is an event that happens all the time?
I do not believe that a 3 in 165,000,000 occurrence rate is enough to conclude it happens all the time!
Compare that to the relative risk of death related to combined NSAIDS / ASPRIN use of 153 per 1,000,000 it’s hard to even draw a statistical comparison of risk. You are far more likely to die from your Aspirin than a neck adjustment.
The relative risk vs benefit is so far tipped in favor of the manipulation. While there will always be a certain group of people who are at greater risk of suffering a stroke, the Chiropractor is well trained to screen for and refer out as necessary.
I hope this clears up some of the real data surrounding Chiropractic and stroke. This is just another example of sensation sells and the media is running with it.
-Dr. Justin Johnson