Malpractice at the Chiropractor

When handling dishware or going for a serve on the tennis court, a crack or pop is the last thing you want to hear! But there is one place where cracking and popping sounds are normal and even welcomed. The chiropractor.

What is Chiropractic Medicine?

Chiropractic medicine is a type of alternative medicine that focuses on proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal system. It focuses on alignment through treatments like spinal manipulation, which involves using force, twisting, pressure, or stretching to provide relief for back or neck pain.

An estimated 34 million Americans use chiropractic treatment, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Many people use it to manage back or neck pain after a car accident, fall, or other injury. Others also use it to relief pain from chronic conditions, like fibromyalgia, degenerative conditions, or even migraines.

Chiropractic Malpractice Risks

But while a trip to a chiropractor should bring relief, injuries can still occur. If performed incorrectly, chiropractic medicine can lead to pain or injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Back or neck pain
  • Artery damage
  • Bruising
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Causes of Chiropractic Injuries

Injuries at the chiropractor can occur through:

  • Improper force or techniques
  • Improper diagnosis
  • Failing to warn the patient of any risks
  • Performing treatments that negatively interact with another medical condition or injury

Experienced Chiropractic Malpractice?

While chiropractic medicine may be an alternative medicine, that does not mean that an injury at the chiropractor is not medical malpractice. Like with any medical malpractice case, if you are injured at the chiropractor, you need to show that the injury was caused by a breach in the standard of care, or the care that a medical professional owes you as a patient.

If you are injured during a chiropractic treatment, consider speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. They will be able to see you through.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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