Popular model dies after chiropractic neck adjustment
Katie May, 34, suffered a stroke that may have been related to a chiropractic neck manipulation. About two weeks ago, she "tweaked her neck" when she fell during a photoshoot. She subsequently consulted a chiropractor who "adjusted" her neck. Press reports indicate that a few hours after a second visit to the chiropractor, she could hardly move, went to a hospital, vomited in the waiting room, was admitted, and suffered a second stroke that was fatal. [Salinger T. Playboy model Katie May's fatal stroke followed neck pain from bad fall during photo shoot and two chiropractor visits. New York Daily News, Feb 5, 2016] May's family has stated that the stroke was caused by a blocked carotid artery. Whether this was ultimately due to the fall, the manipulation, or both, has not been determined. Even if manipulation did not trigger the stroke, it appears likely that the chiropractor failed to recognize the need for medical diagnosis and treatment. Quackwatch has a detailed report on the risk of stroke following neck manipulation.