The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Safety of chiropractic

    “There is no robust data concerning the incidence or prevalence of adverse reactions after chiropractic,” according to reviewers from Portugal.

    First, the details.

    • A search of the literature revealed 376 potentially relevant articles.
    • 46 articles were considered worth including in this review.

    And, the results.

    • Most of the side effects reported were benign and transitory.
    • Life threatening complications included arterial dissection, myelopathy (disturbance of the spinal cord), vertebral disc extrusion, and epidural hematoma (swelling or mass of blood between the skull and the brain).
    • The frequency of adverse events varied between 33% and 61%.
    • The frequency of serious adverse events:
      • 5 strokes/100,000 manipulations
      • 1.5 serious side effects/10,000,000 manipulations
      • 2.7 deaths/10,000,000 manipulations

    The bottom line?
    An earlier review by researchers in the UK concluded, “Although minor side effects following cervical spine manipulation were relatively common, the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low.”

    5/17/09 17:20 JR

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