Surgeon calls on chiropractors to answer over misleading claims

Mr John Cunningham, of the Epworth and Royal Melbourne Hospitals, claims a statement made by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) – in response to reports that a baby’s neck was fractured during an adjustment – lacks evidence.

The case of a four-month-old, who was found to have a hangman’s fracture of the upper cervical vertebrae following a chiropractic treatment for torticollis, was the subject of a complaint to AHPRA.

But the complaint, which was referred on to the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA), was closed without the findings being made public after the chiropractor committed to completing further education.

The CAA said the official report indicated the chiropractor did not cause the injury and called on AHPRA to release its findings.

“It remains the case that not a single serious adverse event has been recorded in the medical literature (worldwide) involving a qualified