Who Is Not Suitable For Chiropractic Treatment? Many people may be surprised to know that chiropractic treatment is not suitable for everyone. However, most medical conditions are treatable with chiropractic, which would not be advised in some cases. This article lists some of the conditions that should be approached with caution by those considering chiropractic care.
Suppose you have recently suffered an injury and a chiropractor has diagnosed a vertebral subluxation. In that case, it is probably best to be seen by a medical practitioner to rule out serious causes of the pain, such as a fracture or break in the cervical spine (neck). Medical X-rays can confirm whether or not there has been an injury.
A chiropractor should never manipulate any spine area if there is an underlying fracture. This can lead to dislocation of the vertebrae and permanent spinal damage.
Pregnancy is also not necessarily an ideal time for spinal manipulation. Manipulation of the spine can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
However, if a medical practitioner has determined that cervical traction would be most appropriate for the expectant mother, this would be perfectly acceptable. Chiropractic is generally regarded as safe during pregnancy, but there are a couple of things to consider. If you have had a history of miscarriages and have been diagnosed with a short cervix, it is best to delay visits until after delivery.
Women expecting multiples should be especially careful with adjustments from the second trimester.
Children require extra care during spine manipulation: a child under two should not have their neck or back touched. As a general rule, children younger than two years should not have any manipulation of their spine unless they are wearing a helmet.
Chiropractic adjustments for babies and young children under 18 months of age should only be performed by specifically trained chiropractors or doctors working together with them on cases involving infants who have congenital problems or birth-related injuries. Pediatric specialists may also be interested in cases where severe medical conditions are present.
People with severe mental disorders should not be treated with spinal manipulation, which may exacerbate their condition. Conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder fall into this category. Depression is also a mood condition best treated by a medical practitioner rather than a chiropractor alone.
Chiropractic treatment requires that the patient be able to communicate with the doctor and be aware of their body and surroundings. People with severe mental disorders may experience trouble communicating or may not even be aware of their bodies. For this reason, individuals with extreme psychiatric conditions should be under the care of a psychiatrist.
Those with an eye disease called glaucoma should be cared for when undergoing spinal manipulation, especially during an eye examination. Severe glaucoma may cause damage to the optic nerve, which connects the retina to the brain.
This can be worsened if a chiropractor pushes too hard on the eye. For the safety of both the patient and the chiropractor, the eyes should be screened a time before treatment is attempted.
Those who have osteoporosis should not undergo spinal manipulation – it is not worth the risk. Osteoporosis involves decreased bone density and is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures. Sufferers are also often on medications to treat this condition, which may be dangerous when undergoing manipulation of the spine.
While chiropractic treatment has been shown to strengthen bones and protect against bone loss, it can also increase the risk of fractures in susceptible people. Those with osteoporosis should exercise caution when considering chiropractic treatment, as it has been shown that sudden neck movements or extensions can increase this risk.
People who have already had surgery on their channels should not undergo spinal manipulation while still recovering. Even if they appear to be fully healed, it is always advisable that a medical professional has cleared them for the entire movement of their neck before undergoing manipulation of this area by a chiropractor.
Those with a herniated disk in the lower spine can also undergo chiropractic treatment, as this condition is very treatable. However, chiropractors should be very careful in manipulating the spine of people with neck pain because they may be at risk of a severe spinal fracture if they do so.
People with a borderline personality disorder or other mental conditions that affect their judgment should not undergo spinal manipulation (even if they claim to be in good health). They may be lying about their need to manipulate the chiropractor to feel sorry for them and give them unnecessary treatment.
A patient with a borderline personality disorder may fake symptoms of an illness and turn those symptoms against the doctor and themselves by saying that they are affecting bad health to get more attention from the doctor. This is a scam artist’s trick called embellishment.
If a patient exhibits many symptoms of an illness that are not entirely warranted, and if they admit this fact to the chiropractor, they could be guilty of severe medical negligence and even malpractice. If a patient’s mental health is questionable, speak with a doctor before undergoing spinal manipulation.
In conclusion, some people may not benefit from chiropractic treatment, should not undergo manipulation, and should speak to their doctor before undergoing this type of treatment.