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Can a chiropractor help with post-stroke symptoms?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 24, 2011
dannibal asked...

I had a hemorrhagic stroke on March 21st 2008. I didn't take care of my blood pressure and it got out of control. Can a chiropractor help with the partial paralysis due to the Stroke?


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James Castle, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem (affiliated with The University of Chicago) and an expert on strokes.
James Castle, M.D. answered...

I have not had success with chiropractors for post-stroke recovery. I have had some success sending my patients to an accupuncturist, however.

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occupational therapy is not giving you all the recovery you would like, and are interested in trying other avenues, I would recommend accupunture. I have had several patients tell me that the accupuncture helped "wake up" the nerves that were not working properly.

For the most part, I only recommend chiropractors for lower back pain that is not responding to other therapies. I also avoid having my patients see chiropractors for any neck manipulation, as I am a fairly strong believer that when a neck manipulation is performed, it can tear an artery and lead to a stroke.

Good luck!