Types of Chiropractic Strokes

There are a number of different types of stroke injuries that can result from the manipulation of the neck by a chiropractor. Each one of these injuries can be fatal or can cause life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, many victims do not realize that an injury has been suffered when they walk out of the chiropractor’s office at the end of the visit. It can take as long as a week after a chiropractic neck adjustment before a victim begins to experience the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

At The Abelson Law Firm, we are dedicated to assisting victims who have been injured as the result of chiropractic malpractice. If you have experienced stroke symptoms after a chiropractic neck manipulation, or you have a loved one who has, it’s important that you talk to a lawyer experienced in handling chiropractic malpractice lawsuits. Contact us for a free evaluation. Our home office is in Washington DC, but we assist victims across the country who have been injured by chiropractic negligence.

Types of Strokes Caused by Chiropractic Adjustments

Due to the serious and under-reported health risks posed by chiropractic neck manipulations, their scientific and medical benefit is highly questionable. The cervical spine, located at the top of the neck, includes vital arteries that carry life-sustaining oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Even a small injury to one of these arteries can result in bleeding outside the arterial walls. That can then cause a blood clot, which can slowly cut off the supply of blood to the brain, resulting in a stroke. The types of strokes that can be caused are all potentially deadly.

  • Brainstem strokes — This type of stroke is perhaps the most deadly of all. The brainstem, which is located at the base of the brain, regulates many non-voluntary functions that are required to sustain life, such as breathing, regulation of the heart rate and regulating blood pressure. In addition, the ability to speak and move parts of the body is controlled by the brainstem. If the vertebral artery that supplies blood to the brainstem is damaged, it can cause paralysis, as well as affect the ability to breathe or remain alert.
  • Cerebellum strokes — Located above the brainstem is the cerebellum. The cerebellum controls things such as balance and coordination, as well as the body’s reflexes. A chiropractic neck manipulation can cause a blood clot that lodges in this area of the brain, causing a stroke. Symptoms of this type of stroke include problems with balance and coordination, as well as nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
  • Carotid artery strokes – The carotid arteries are located in the front of the neck and are among the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. A rapid, violent chiropractic adjustment to the neck can injure these arteries, inducing a stroke.
  • Visual strokes — A chiropractic patient who notices changes in vision or peripheral vision loss should seek medical attention immediately. Vision loss is often a symptom of a stroke. Just as in other types of strokes, injury to an artery can cause a blood clot to become lodged in the area of the brain that controls vision, known as the occipital lobe, located in the back of the brain. In this type of stroke, only one side of the brain is affected in most cases.

Although a chiropractic neck adjustment usually causes a stroke in the back part of the brain, any type of stroke is a potential risk after a chiropractic neck adjustment. Regardless of the type of stroke a victim suffers, the odds are that there will be months of therapy and medical treatment needed in order to recover. In some cases, the patient never fully recovers from a stroke.

Unfortunately, the prevalence of chiropractic strokes is significantly under-reported because victims and family members often fail to recognize the connection between the prior visit to the chiropractor’s office for an adjustment and the subsequent stroke. Although not widely discussed in medical literature, the risks associated with chiropractic neck adjustments are real and are beginning to be discussed more frequently among medical professionals.

Contact the experienced chiropractic malpractice attorneys at The Abelson Law Firm, today for a free consultation if you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of a chiropractic stroke. We consult with a board-certified physician who will help to determine whether you were the victim of chiropractic malpractice. If so, our lawyer are prepared to fight so that you can obtain the compensation you are entitled to.

To schedule your free consultation and claim evaluation, contact our Washington DC office with this online contact form. We represent people just like you across the nation who have suffered as a result of chiropractor malpractice.


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