Chiropractor’s neck adjustment leads to lawsuit

A Kitsap County woman is suing a local chiropractor after a neck adjustment she claims herniated discs in her spine, according to documents filed in Kitsap County Superior Court. 

The woman, who filed the suit in February, is a lawyer and filed it herself. She said in court documents that on Feb. 25, 2008, she was getting treatment for pain in her thigh.

While lying face down, she received an adjustment in which her “head was violently turned,” and she “experienced severe excruciating pain and heard loud cracks,” she claimed.

“Oh my god, what did you do?” she reportedly exclaimed.

The woman said she’s had continuous pain and that she can’t type with her right arm nor work for more than one to two hours. She’s seeking compensation for income lost as a result of not being able to work, medical bills and other damages.

Counsel for the defendants aren’t having it, however.

In court documents filed in June, they’re calling the plaintiff’s claims “frivolous,” and “without reasonable cause.” They say she came into the chiropractor experiencing severe pain to begin with.

They want attorney’s fees should the judge rule in their favor.

The case is ongoing in superior court.

4 thoughts on “Chiropractor’s neck adjustment leads to lawsuit

  1. I go to the chiropractor 3 times a week and every time I get my neck adjusted. My head gets turned quite forcefully and it never causes excruciating pain. I always hear loud cracks, and a LOT of them. THis sounds like a normal adjustment to me.

  2. Many people do not realize that these neck adjustments are dangerous. People suffer strokes or die every year from them. There has been a move to outlaw this adjustment but the chiropractic assn continues to fight it and cover up the risk. Just google “chiropractic neck adjustment deaths” or something similar and you will see.

  3. @ Lisa… How many deaths?

    “Just google “chiropractic neck adjustment deaths” or something similar and you will see.”

    How about putting “Prescription drug deaths” into google for a little perspective? Where is the outrage there?

  4. Sorry, jtbar, I’m just stating the facts. People who have these adjustments should know that there is a risk involved, even if the risk is statistically small, just as those who use prescription drugs are made aware of the risk statistics.

    Personally, I am a subscriber to and very aware of prescription drug risks. I never use a drug without first reading the circular and weighing the risk vs the benefit.

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