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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I am 70 years old and had a stroke two years ago. Last week I slept too long in one position, and now I have a stiff neck. I would like to see a specialist for a neck adjustment. Is there a chance that neck manipulation will cause another stroke?

It's extremely unlikely. In rare cases (approximately one in every one million cases), neck manipulation is followed by stroke. Causes and risk factors remain unknown. There is no evidence that people at risk for stroke are more likely to have problems after neck manipulation. As a precaution, please make sure the medical provider performing the treatment is aware of your medical history.


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