Chiropractic care is recognised as being an effective and safe method of care for many conditions. However, you must recognise that there are risks associated with all health care procedures, including assessment and treatment, which you should be informed about.
Although we cannot foresee every risk or guarantee results our commitment is to take every measure possible to minimize the risk and maximize your recovery. These steps include a thorough history and examination that often will include neurological and orthopaedic testing, chiropractic analysis and x-rays.
Our aim is to provide you with the best chiropractic care possible and to assist you in your quest for improved health. We will provide you with educational materials and opportunities so that you can make informed choices and take responsibility for your health and well being
In very rare circumstances, some treatments of the neck may damage a blood vessel and lead to stroke or related symptoms (eg between 1 in 2 million to 1 in 5.85 million1). Other possible risks include strain/injury to a ligament or a disc in the neck (eg less than 1 in 139,000) and the low back (eg 1 in 62,0002). For some patients especially with bone weakening diseases, a fracture of a bone, although rare, is possible.
Please read the following carefully:
1. I acknowledge that I have discussed with Dr Tim Ellis the rare risks associated with my proposed care.
2. I further acknowledge that I have had the opportunity to ask questions about the nature, extent and purpose of the proposed chiropractic care and that I have been given sufficient time to decide on giving consent for the care to proceed.
3. I do not expect the practitioner to be able to anticipate all potential risks and complications associated with the proposed care and appreciate that results are not guaranteed.
4. I hereby acknowledge my consent to the performance of the proposed chiropractic care by Dr Tim Ellis and/or any other chiropractor working in this clinic. I understand that I can withdraw consent at any time.