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Can a chiropractic adjustment cause a bulging disc in the neck?

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2011-09-12 15:29:08
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To date there is no evidence to suggest that spinal manipulation, done by a doctor of chiropractic or another health care professional, can cause a bulging disk in the neck or any other area of the spine. Of course, if an adjustment is attempted by an unskilled individual the risks of side-effects are greater, but do not include a bulging disk. A spinal adjustment performed by a skilled professional has very little risk of side effects at all, and the risks that do exist are minor, such as sprains, strains, muscle soreness, headache, nausea, and some risks for fracture.

The thing that you should also realize is that bulging discs are very common in the general population, even if you have no symptoms. Further, chiropractic care is a very helpful treatment for the areas of the spine where there exists a disc bulge of herniation.

They have done biomechanical studies to check the failure of the disc, the point at which it tears. They found that it takes tremendous force to tear the fibers in a disc, and this occurs at 10-13 degrees of rotation. Because of the muscle stretch reflexes and the supportive ligaments in the spine, it is impossible for one person to rotate the spine to the degree that is causes tears in the spine. Bulging discs are usually caused with poor biomechanics over time, and this poor biomechanics is the very thing that chiropractors fix.

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