A mother of a 28-year-old paralyzed by a chiropractor says neck adjustments aren’t worth the risk

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According to her family, a neck adjustment at a chiropractor left a 28-year-old woman paralysed.

Caitlin Jensen, the mother of her daughter, was fun-loving and loved being outside. She can’t move or talk now that she is in the ICU.

“She can communicate only by blinking. She can nod now. She can also give us a thumbs up or thumbs down on the left side. She cannot speak. She’s just laying there,” Darlene Jensen said.

“It’s heartbreaking. If I could trade places with her, I would do it in a heartbeat. She’s got her whole life ahead of her. It crushes me,”The mom continued.

After studying for college, Caitlin Jensen visited a chiropractor in Savannah, Georgia for stiffness. 

According to her family, things began to go horribly wrong after her neck adjustment. Four arteries ruptured. She had a stroke, and then she went into cardiac arrest.

“I got a phone call from her phone and it was actually the chiropractor and he told me that she was having a reaction to the treatment and that they had called an ambulance,”Darlene said.

Darlene responded that she doesn’t blame the chiropractor when Darlene was asked. “Blame is a strong word and I feel bad for everyone in this entire situation. Nobody wanted this.”

She believes people should stop having neck adjustments. “It’s not worth the risk, period.”

Caitlin Jensen’s chiropractor, Dr. TJ Harpham, declined to discuss the incident, citing patient confidentiality.

Robert Pomahac (a chiropractor who did not treat Caitlin) says that accidents like hers are extremely rare.

“It’s about 1 out of 100,000. So very, very uncommon. I’ve probably given 300,000 adjustments in the 20 years of practice, and I’ve never had this situation occur,”Pomahac spoke. 

It’s estimated that 35 million Americans go to a chiropractor each year.