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ACA Response to AHA Statement on Neck Manipulation

  Press Release   Media Contacts: Annette Bernat: (703) 812-0226 | [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 07, 2014 American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President Anthony Hamm, DC, issued the following comment today in response to publication of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement, “Cervical Arterial Dissections and Association with Cervical Manipulative Therapy:” “The chiropractic profession shares the American Heart Association’s public health goal to reduce the number of strokes; however we have concerns about its statement on cervical manipulative therapy. The real message to all healthcare providers attending to patients with headaches or neck pain is to be vigilant for neurological problems that could be the early signs of stroke. The largest and most credible study, Cassidy et al ., found that a patient is as likely to have seen a primary care medical doctor as a doctor of chiropractic prior to experiencing a cervical arterial dissection (CD). Neck...
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