An alternative healthcare approach developed by American physicians in the late 19th century, chiropractic focuses on mechanical issues involving the musculoskeletal system. Treatments typically involve manual manipulation of the spine and surrounding areas of soft tissue, based in the delivery of “dynamic thrusts” of localized pressure administered by the practitioner.
Chiropractic has been a source of controversy since it first arose. Millions of patients throughout the years have sworn by its healing properties and holistic approach, claiming immense benefits of both a physical and spiritual nature. However, those in professions related to more mainstream medicine routinely criticize the various branches of chiropractic discipline as scientifically unsound at best, and dangerous at worst.
Indeed, a number of serious injuries related to chiropractic treatment are reported every year throughout the United States and elsewhere. One recent example involved a Canadian woman suffering a stroke after a “routine” neck adjustment procedure. The ensuing civil lawsuit claimed that the chiropractor’s actions led to the rupturing of both of the woman’s vertebral arteries.
If you are currently seeing or planning to visit a chiropractor, it is important to remember that they are not medical professionals. In fact, one of the tenets of this non-traditional practice is a rejection of scientific method and inductive reasoning in favor of a more naturalistic sense.
As is the case with all alternative healthcare systems, including acupuncture, ayurveda, herbalism, and naturalism, those undergoing treatment should well-informed as to the risks involved with all procedures, remedies, and therapies, and realize that the law might not extend to coverage of any injuries sustained through these fields.
However, anyone affected by a chiropractic injury deserves to know whether he or she might be entitled to compensation for any damages sustained. For more information on your case, contact an experienced Green Bay personal injury lawyer at the offices of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.