You would never think the sound of cracking bones was a good thing. For most people, it is one of the most horrifying sounds they can imagine. The reality is chiropractors crack bones all day long. Yes, that is a bit of an exaggeration. What they really do is make spinal and neck adjustments that are intended to fix certain physical issues. Because of that cracking bone reputation, more than a few people are left wondering if chiropractic adjustments are safe.
Like any other kind of medical profession, there is going to be some level of risk. With chiropractic adjustments, the risk is that something could go terribly wrong, leaving the patient paralyzed or in worst shape than when they started treatments. Let us discuss the reality behind this kind of risk.
The Reality of Risk With Chiropractic
When an anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia, they are required by law to explain the risks related to putting you under. As bad as the risks may sound, it doesn’t take long for a reasonable person to figure that problems very rarely occur. We know this as a fact because the survival rate from the administration of general anesthesia is very high.
That is the same level of risk to which we are referring with chiropractic adjustments. It is very rare that someone goes through the treatment process and sustains any kind of injury. Most patients end up feeling a whole lot better if not cured of the ailment that delivered them into treatment. Based on that alone, it is safe to proclaim that chiropractic adjustments are very safe.
The Precautions Chiropractors Take
Clearly, any kind of medical attention that is given to a person’s spine is going to require the utmost care. That is simply common sense given the delicate nature of the spine and its relevance in the way the human body functions. So, what kind of precautions will a chiropractor take to ensure each procedure is as safe as possible? First of All, Chiropractors are highly trained medical professionals.
They have an excellent background in understanding the human body and how it functions. A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), chiropractor, or chiropractic physician is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of issues related to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Before starting treatment for a patient, the chiropractor has certain protocols they have to follow.
These protocols are in place to ensure the patient is safe from harm during treatment. These protocols include but are not limited to:
- Gathering a complete medical history on the patient
- Getting a complete set of images on the area in which the chiropractor will be working
- Making sure that the patient is positioned properly based on the area under treatment
- Enduring more than 4,000 hours of training before earning a license to practice chiropractic services
The good news is most chiropractors have a very high success rate. They might not cure every ailment, but patients don’t finish treatment with additional health issues.
Why Should I Agree to a Chiropractic Adjustment?
If you have an injury or ailment that is somehow connected to your musculoskeletal or nervous system, there is a good chance it is a significant issue. As such, you would want to go through a progression of treatments to try to rectify the problem. Most likely, you would start with medication and maybe some physical therapy. There is nothing too invasive here, making it a good place to start. If results are not good at this level, Chiropractic would be the next level up.
With a chiropractic adjustment, you would allow the chiropractor to use their hands and pressure to manipulate your spine. At times, they might find it necessary to use string pressure. Still, the risks are very low and you would be very safe. At the next level comes surgery. Given the risks associated with back and neck surgery, it makes a less invasive process like a chiropractic adjustment attractive.
That’s why you should give this option a chance. If you are dealing with spine issues and want relief, we would like to assure you we can provide you with a high level of treatment that is very safe. If you would like more information about what we do and how we do it, you can call one of our staff members at 205-637-1363.