Most people that have experienced neck and back pain have more than likely had one or more friends tell them to go see a chiropractor for relief. While most people have positive experiences with chiropractic care, it would be ignorant to think that every case treated is a success. However, problems resulting from spinal manipulation are the exception, not the rule.
Beware of Misinformation Online
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation "out there" regarding the safety of chiropractic care. Some sites lend themselves to the publication of bad information by so-called experts. In fact, publishing derogatory information online to benefit the needs of the author is quite commonplace in all professions, not just the medical field.
When seeking out information, especially regarding a subject as important as this, be sure that you are using reliable sources and reliable authors. For instance, I claim to be a doctor, but do you really know that to be true? While I encourage you to verify my credentials, I would imagine many "experts" would be exposed upon further investigation.
You will also see a small population of case results manipulated for the sake of badmouthing a particular profession. As stated earlier, it would be foolish to think there are no patients experiencing problems after specific types of care. However, what where their symptoms prior to seeking out treatment? Did he or she have unknown conditions that affected the outcome?
Seek True Medical Advice
Because of these challenges, it is always advised that you seek out actual medical advice before seeking any type of treatment. In fact, it would be recommended to ensure you have had a full physical and that your primary care physician approves any additional treatments you seek out. Your primary care physician and chiropractor (or any other specialist for that matter) should be working hand-in-hand to ensure your proper care, not against each other.
When used properly and for those individuals medically cleared for chiropractic care, techniques such as spinal manipulation can be very effective at treating back and neck pain. Pregnant women can enjoy some relief from common aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Migraine sufferers can once again enjoy days on end without being stuck in their dark bedrooms with a cold rag on their head. Do your due diligence and you should be able to find a health care professional that can deliver the care you need.