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Stroke Resources for Chiropractic Offices
Resources from the American Chiropractic Association

Comparison of Benefits/Risks Associated With CMT versus Other Treatments

This comprehensive information gives doctors a point of comparison about all major neck pain treatments, showing that, compared with the other treatments, neck manipulation is far safer.

“Harms and Efficacy of Therapies for Neck Pain” by Simon Dagenais, DC, PhD, MSc — a comprehensive review of what research tells us about the benefits and risks associated with common treatments for neck pain. Found at

“Benefits and Risks of Neck Pain Treatment — a 4-page summary of benefits and risks associated with common neck pain treatments encompassing the findings of the Dagenais report above and other relevant evidence.

"Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care
Results of a Population-Based Case-Control and Case-Crossover Study"

European Spine Journal, April 2008


“Cassidy et al. discovered patients were 1.4 times more likely to have visited a DC in the 30 days preceding CAD stroke diagnosis. Additionally, this study discovered patients were just as likely to have visited a primary care physician (PCP) in the 30 days prior to being diagnosed with a stroke.1


Stroke Awareness

Of course all DCs should familiarize themselves with the warning signs of stroke. The American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association promotes the use of “FAST.” FAST stands for the warning signs of stroke in an easy-to-remember acronym:

• Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

Is the person’s smile uneven?

• Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb?

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? 

• Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?

Ask a person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

• Time to Call 911 – If someone shows any of these sympoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. 



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