Safety of Chiropractic Care for Children

The American Chiropractic Association reported on their website the safety and effectiveness of Chiropractic care for children.  They report that the CDC themselves stated that 3/100 children have seen a Chiropractor or osteopathic doctor for manipulation of the spine. (side note: we prefer to call it an adjutment in our office... even if they see it as the same.) 

In a survey conducted in 2000, the number of children seeing the chiropractor has been reported as up to 30 million which wa smore than doubled by 2009 (68million)!

Here are a few studies they referenced in their article:

  • "A 2011 review by Matthew Doyle found a rate of .53 percent to 1 percent mild adverse events for pediatric chiropractic manipulative therapy.
  • A 2009 survey study by Alcantara et al. surveyed both chiropractors and parents of pediatric patients in a practice-based chiropractic research network. Chiropractor responders indicated three adverse events per 5,438 office visits from the treatment of 577 children. The parent responders indicated two adverse events from 1,735 office visits involving the care of 239 children. (This study has been criticized for some methodological weaknesses, however.)
  • A 2007 analysis by Vohra et al., involving two randomized trials and 11 observational reports, found nine serious adverse events and five mild to moderate adverse events, as well as 20 cases of delayed diagnosis for other conditions. "

The ACA encourages you to look beyond peer-reviewed literature and look into malpractice insurance rates, as Chiropractors have the lowest rates of all primary health care providers in the country! 

Please Check out the ACA Website here: for more information.

Sources of our stats include: 
Ferrance RJ, Miller J. Chiropractic diagnosis and management of non-musculoskeletal conditions in children and adolescents. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:14.

Alcantara J, Alcantara JD, Alcantara J. A systematic review of the literature on the chiropractic care of patients with autism spectrum disorder. Explore (NY). Nov 2011;7(6):384-390.

Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Leininger B, Triano J. Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:3.