October 15, 2013

#16-October 15, 2013 – Cervical Spine Thrust Manipulation: Minimize the risks with Cervical Artery Dysfunction Assessment

Chris Showalter PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
MAPS Clinical Director

 Cervical Spine Thrust Manipulation:
Minimize the risks with Cervical Artery Dysfunction Assessment

In my last Research Commentary (Sept 17, 2013), I discussed the risks associated with cervical spine thrust manipulation. Incidence rates of complications following thrust vary enormously from 1 in 50,000 to 6 in 10 Million. These figures result in little consensus.

The difficulty is that these incidence rate calculations are primarily based upon “reported” events. Therefore, the TRUE incidence of adverse events may be masked and confounded by potentially low, to almost non-existent, rates of practitioners voluntarily reporting, in writing, that they have actually “harmed a patient with their thrust intervention”. CLICK HERE FOR FULL PDF

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