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Torn neck arteries may be more common than once thought

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One well described cause of neck artery dissection is the chiropractic manipulation, the rapid and strong forced movement that are almost exclusively used by chiropractors carry an important risk of vascular damage and the treatment doesn't even have a clear benefit.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6016850/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030384672100192X

The findings on this article may end up showing that this health risk is also frequently overlooked in the manipulations, which would strengthen the recommendations for people to avoid chiropractors that use it and switch instead to other physical therapy professionals that do not expose the patients to this extra risk.

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One well described cause of neck artery dissection is the chiropractic manipulation, the rapid and strong forced movement that are almost exclusively used by chiropractors carry an important risk of vascular damage and the treatment doesn't even have a clear benefi

Similar deaths happen in the ER on a daily basis. Those chiropractic incidents are much rarer.

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Similar deaths happen in the ER on a daily basis. Those chiropractic incidents are much rarer.

A procedure with well known risks and no demonstrable benefit is not justified, what is the point on keep doing something that will only increase the risk of the patient? Not allowing manipulation of the neck would have no downside and reduce this cause of the incidents to zero.

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A procedure with well known risks and no demonstrable benefit is not justified, what is the point on keep doing something that will only increase the risk of the patient? 

Like surgery, which are done by the thousands daily? And have thousands more deaths than that caused by a chiropractic technique?

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Like surgery, which are done by the thousands daily?

Surgery have benefits, that is what justify doing them in spite of the risks, the same as all medical procedures, chiropractic cervical manipulation do not, that is why the risks from this procedure are unnecessary.

You quotede yourself the part that says "no demonstrable benefit" why quote something only to pretend it does not includes the part that disprove your point?

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Surgery have benefits, that is what justify doing them in spite of the risks, the same as all medical procedures, chiropractic cervical manipulation do not, that is why the risks from this procedure are unnecessary.

Benefits to cosmetic, and other elective surgeries? Why are those risks necessary?

Chiropractic cervical manipulation is a medical procedure in the US, and has benefits.

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Benefits to cosmetic, and other elective surgeries? Why are those risks necessary?

Benefits as long as the patient is interested on them, and is informed of the risks, at least now you understand why your previous comment was so mistaken.

Chiropractic cervical manipulation is a medical procedure in the US, and has benefits.

Cervical manipulation as done by the chiropractors don't according to the best available evidence (already included in the references) so without any benefit the risks that come with this procedure are unjustified.

If the rest of the benefits from going to a chiropractor can also be obtained by visiting a physical therapy expert without these extra risks then that is what is justified.

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minna, let's strengthen our arteries! add important supplements to your meals (such as omega3 and gotu kola\gingko) or at least add more healthy foods and drinks :)

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