Q: Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
A: Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headaches, as well as neck and back pain. Simply put, it has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.
Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness, or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, adverse effects associated with spinal adjustment are typically minor and short-lived.
Athletes most often select treatment to improve their performance, whereas the average consumer will select chiropractic care to help manage aches and pains. In some cases, the treatment will be similar, but in all cases a treatment plan will be developed according to the goals and condition of the patient. In cases of professional and elite athletes, chiropractors often work in conjunction with other health care professionals, including medical doctors and/or sports medicine doctors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists.