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J Korean Acad Rehabil Med. 2001 Oct;25(5):896-900. Korean. Case Report.
Yoon SM , Lee KS , Doh JW , Bae HG , Park SI , Yun IG .
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Chonan Hospital.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Chonan Hospital.
Abstract

We present a case of 5th cervical spine (C5) body fracture following cervical spine manipulation. The patient was an 18 year-old girl. She visited a non-authorized manipulation practitioner because of her shoulder pain. At that time she had no neck pain. During manipulation, the practitioner turned her neck suddenly with strong force, then she felt sudden neck pain. A fracture of the C5 body was identified in magnetic resonance images of the cervical spine. We should be aware of the risk of serious complications associated with chiropractic manipulation.

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