What to Look for in Chiropractic Care

Dr. Oliver says the risks involved in going to a chiropractor include aggravating inflammation, increasing pain and inviting potential dangers specifically related to cervical manipulation. However, she doesn’t rule out the possibility that a patient with RA may be helped by a chiropractor.

“If the disease is under control with medication and the patient has no cervical involvement, it could be OK to go,” she says. “It also could be beneficial for lower back pain, which is not a symptom of RA.” She strongly recommends discussing the possibility of seeing a chiropractor with your rheumatologist before going.

In finding a chiropractor, it’s a good idea to ask friends and family for referrals. Look for a reputable chiropractor who has experience in treating people with RA and who “takes a multidisciplinary approach, such as using physical therapy, nutritional counseling and neuromuscular treatments,” advises Geoff Tanner, DC, who runs Tanner Chiropractic in Sandy Springs, Ga.

On your initial visit, expect the chiropractor to take a thorough history, including your experiences with RA. Be sure to ask about his or her approach to treatment, philosophy of care and success rate in working with patients with symptoms that match yours. Since the symptoms of RA affect everyone differently, the decision to see a chiropractor must be made on an individual basis.

After clearance from your doctor, the most important thing is to go into a chiropractor’s office informed and make sure you feel comfortable with the recommended treatment plan. While going to a chiropractor will not cure RA, it might bring some relief.

For more information, visit:
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
National Institutes of Health