Mitchell chiropractor denies causing Gunkel's strokeGary Hendrix admits to treating Davison County Treasurer Christie Gunkel, and admits she “had problems following treatment,” but denies he did anything to cause the stroke.
By: Chris Mueller, The Daily Republic
A local chiropractor has denied accusations from a local woman who claims a neck adjustment caused her to suffer a stroke.
In a two-page answer filed Monday, Gary Hendrix, a chiropractor with an office located at 310 N. Lawler St. in Mitchell, denies that a neck adjustment he performed on Christie Gunkel caused her to have a stroke.
Gunkel, who recently became treasurer of Davison County, filed a lawsuit in January claiming a neck adjustment she received from Hendrix on Aug. 8 caused a “dissection,” or tear, in an artery in her neck, resulting in a stroke. Hendrix admits to treating Gunkel, and admits she “had problems following treatment,” but denies he did anything to cause the stroke, court documents say.
Gunkel also claims Hendrix breached the standard of care and failed to inform Gunkel of all the risks involved in a neck adjustment, a claim that Hendrix denies in his response.
Gunkel is represented by Renee H. Christensen, of Sioux Falls. Hendrix is represented by J. Crisman Palmer, of Rapid City.
In an interview with The Daily Republic in January, Gunkel said she went to Hendrix’s office Aug. 8 because of soreness in her neck, and Hendrix treated her with a neck adjustment.
Later that day, Gunkel went to the emergency room at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, where she suffered a stroke, she said. From there, Gunkel was taken by ambulance to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, where she spent four days undergoing CT scans and MRIs, as well as physical and occupational therapy.
Gunkel claims she suffered permanent injury, experienced and will continue to experience “great pain, discomfort, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life,” and has “been unable to perform several normal functions of life,” her complaint says.