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

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    The signs and symptoms of stroke following neck manipulation

    A survey of university hospitals in Germany uncovered the typical findings in people who experience vertebral artery dissection (VAD) following chiropractic neck manipulation.

    • Symptoms consistent with VAD start in about half of all patients within 12 hours after neck manipulation
    • 90% of patients admitted to the hospital show neurological symptoms
    • 11% of these have reduced consciousness
    • 50% of subjects are discharged after about 20 days but have persistent neurological symptoms
    • Risk factors for artery dissection are present in 25% of patients

    In this group of 36 patients, 1 died and 1 was in a persistent vegetative state.

    Two case history presentations are presented here.

    The risk of stroke/cerebrovascular accidents and manipulative procedures performed to the cervical spine are discussed here.

    To be fair, chiropractors are not the only therapists who perform neck manipulation. Physiotherapists, some occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, family physicians dealing in manipulative management, and even some neurologists, offer various types of physical manipulative intervention.

    12/16/06 00:04 JR

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