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Chiropractic Neck Treatments Increase Risk of Stroke

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Bottom-line message, says Rothwell: "Any medical procedure has risk associated with it. Consumers should strive to be informed and be aware of risks and benefits and talk to their health practitioners. It's also the duty of chiropractors to inform their patients about the risk."

The findings from her study should compel "the chiropractic community to produce rigorous studies to define the actual benefits of neck manipulation," Rothwell tells WebMD. "There is some research that shows it's beneficial in the short term, but there's not a lot of rigorous research to show benefits."

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