Chiropractic is a health treatment that aims to correct problems with the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system. Chiropractic is a popular treatment for pain and stiffness, especially in the neck and back.
Some doctors warn that chiropractic treatment could be dangerous for those with spondylitis, potentially causing fractures or neurological complications, especially in advanced cases of disease that involve fusion (ankylosing spondylitis). However, some people with spondylitis find relief in chiropractic sessions.
What does it involve?
Discuss all treatments you try, including chiropractic treatment, with your rheumatologist or spine specialist. If you choose to undergo chiropractic treatment, look for a chiropractor who is knowledgeable and experienced about treating spondylitis.
At your first visit, a chiropractor will ask you questions about your symptoms and examine you. The most common form of chiropractic treatment is an adjustment, also called a spinal manipulation. During an adjustment, the chiropractor will carefully direct force into specific joints to increase mobility and correct misalignment. Chiropractors may also utilize massage or teach you stretches you can do at home.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce pain and stiffness and help you feel your best. The effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in cases of spondylitis has not been studied.
Chiropractic treatment could cause serious damage in people with spondylitis.
Some insurers will cover chiropractic treatment, but others may not. Out-of-pocket costs for chiropractic treatment may be expensive.
Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find or travel to a chiropractor.
Even people without spondylitis may feel pain during chiropractic adjustments. Some people feel mild soreness for up to 48 hours after receiving chiropractic treatment.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
What is Chiropractic? – American Chiropractic Association
Complementary Treatments – Spondylitis Association of America