Chiropractor cleared of using excessive force on patient

This case concerned a patient who complained that the treatment she received was too forceful and involved being “slammed” onto the treatment table. There were also allegations of inadequate history taking, diagnosis and note keeping.

This kind of allegation is not uncommon in manual therapy disciplinary hearings as many patients are surprised by the speed or amount of force sometimes needed to perform certain techniques and can be caught “off guard” if not properly prepared.

In this case the patient subsequently decided she was not willing to attend to give live evidence. After legal submissions the Committee refused to admit the patient’s evidence as hearsay evidence and subsequently dismissed the case under rule 6(7) on the basis the allegation was not well founded.

The Chiropractor was not required to give evidence as the case was dismissed at half time.