Every form of health care can contain some risk and the media often sensationalize those risks and create fear. But what are the real numbers? The following shows a comparison between spinal manipulation, spinal surgery, and anti-inflammatory drugs (non-steroidal).
Your patients need to know these statistics.
Cervical Spine Manipulation:
Complication 2.09 per million
Death .268 per million
Cervical Spine Surgery:
Complication 15,600 per million
Death 6,900 per million
Serious gastrointestinal event (all ages) 1,000 per million
Serious gastrointestinal event (65 and over) 3,200 per million
For Your Health,
Dr. Ted Smith and