How safe is chiropractic care for children? In this unique paper Richard Pistolese, research assistant for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (800-670-5437) computed both the number of chiropractic adjustments children have had and the risks of neurological/vertebrobasilar complications or injury. He found that in the period 1966 to 1977 over half a billion adjustments were delivered to children with an injury rate of one in 250 million.
From the abstract: "This paper has reviewed literature concerning the occurrence of neurological and/or vertebrobasilar (N/VB) complications in patients receiving either specific chiropractic adjustments and/or non-specific manipulations of the spine."
This topic was chosen due to the potentially severe consequences of N/VB complications, regardless of etiology..The number of pediatric visits, extrapolated to also include the periods between 1966 and 1977, was estimated to be 502,184,156..The estimate risk due to the pediatric chiropractic patient in this category of (N/VB) complication was estimated to be 4.0 x 10- 7% of all visits. Stated otherwise, there would be a chance of approximately 1 in 250 million pediatric visits that a N/VB complication would result."
Comment: A 1 in 250 million chance of injury means the patient has a greater chance of being hit by lightning than having an injury from a chiropractic adjustment. In discussion with the author, it was stated that the above statistics may actually be low and the chance of injury even less than 1 in 250 million. I know of no healing art with such a safe healing record.
Richard A. Pistolese, B.Sc. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume 2 ~ Number 2 ~ Pages 1-9. Abstract