Chiropractors are professionals who diagnose, treat and prevent injuries related to the musculoskeletal system, namely the spine. Most treatments performed by these individuals involve manual manipulation and exercises that twist, turn and strengthen certain affected areas of the body. Though the history of this process has long been controversial in the medical community, many patients swear by it and visit these caregivers on a regular basis.
Because many treatments involve manual therapy, sometimes complications can arise because of unreasonably dangerous techniques. One serious complication can include a stroke, which can have profound effect on an individual’s health and well-being, or may even be life-threatening. If you or someone you love has suffered a stroke and you have reason to believe it may have been triggered by a chiropractic neck manipulation or adjustment, contact a malpractice attorney right away.
One faulty move by a chiropractor can result in a tear to the carotid or vertebral arteries leading to the brain. This tear can bleed and lead to a blood clot, or thrombus, which can later result in a stroke. It is important to understand that a stroke can occur immediately after the procedure or several weeks later.
The following symptoms may be indicative of a stroke:
Numbness or weakness in one particular side of the body, including the face
Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
Trouble walking, sudden dizziness, or loss of coordination
Severe headache with no known cause
When a loved one experiences a stroke, it can be a devastating event for family and friends, alike. Not only can it lead to financial hardships if the patient is the breadwinner of the family, it can also lead to high medical bills and costs related to rehabilitation or recovery.