Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel relief almost immediately or within a few sessions. Some may experience mild soreness or stiffness, just as you would after you exercise.
According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who don’t, to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage or perforation. And prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. Abuse and overdose of these painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the US.
Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has provided them to identify patients who may have special risk factors and recommend to those patients if chiropractic is right for them or if they should seek care with a medical specialist.