What is a Stroke?

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. It occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted (not enough blood in your brain) or when a blood vessel ruptures (too much blood in your brain). Cells in and around the stroke site begin to die and part of the brain stops working. Basic functions, such as communicating, walking, thinking, and personality, may be changed.

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Causes of Stroke

The majority of strokes are ischemic strokes. They occur when blood clots or other particles block arteries to your brain and cause severely reduced blood flow (ischemia). This deprives your brain cells of oxygen and nutrients, and cells may begin to die within minutes.

There are a number of possible causes. One of them is damage to the arteries that go up your neck to supply the brain because of a chiropractic manipulation of the neck.

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What disabilities can result from a stroke?

Although stroke is a disease of the brain, it can affect the entire body. The effects of a stroke range from mild to severe and can include paralysis, problems with thinking, problems with speaking, and emotional problems. Patients may also experience pain or numbness after a stroke.

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Signs and symptoms of Stroke

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke may help chiropractic patients who are not aware they have suffered a stroke, or who have not made the possible connection between symptoms of stroke they have experienced to spinal adjustments they received from a chiropractor.

The signs and symptoms of stroke usually occur suddenly, but not necessarily at the time the neck manipulation. In fact a delay of days between the last chiropractic manipulation and the onset of neurological symptoms of stroke is common and almost characteristic of the clinical course following traumatic injury of the artery in the neck.

Frequently there is more than one sign or symptom of a stroke. They include:
  • Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of your face, arm or leg - usually on one side of your body
  • Sudden difficulty in writing, speaking or understanding speech or written words
  • Sudden blurred, double or decreased vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, fainting or loss of coordination
  • A sudden, severe headache or an unusual headache, which may be accompanied by a stiff neck, facial pain, pain between your eyes, vomiting or altered consciousness
  • Confusion, or problems with memory, spatial orientation or perception.
  • For most people, a stroke gives no warning. But one possible sign of an impending stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is a temporary interruption of blood flow to a part of your brain. The signs and symptoms of TIA are the same as for a stroke, but they last for a shorter period - several minutes to 24 hours - and then disappear, without leaving apparent permanent effects. You may have more than one TIA, and the recurrent signs and symptoms may be similar or different.
A TIA indicates a serious underlying risk that a full-blown stroke may follow. People who have had a TIA are much more likely to have a stroke as are those who haven't had a TIA.

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke or TIA, get medical help right away. A TIA may seem like a passing event. But it is an important warning sign - and a chance to take steps that may prevent a stroke.

If you have had signs or symptoms of a stroke or TIA, and you had a chiropractic neck manipulation done before they occurred, please contact us. We will help you investigate your situation as well as help you understand your legal rights

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