Do you think you may have ankylosing spondylitis (AS)? If so, you may be wondering if a chiropractor can diagnose the condition. The answer is yes, a chiropractor can suspect that you have AS based on test results. However, they cannot treat or stop the progression of the condition. Chiropractors are educated to recognize certain signs and symptoms of AS.
Through physical examination, imaging tests, and laboratory tests, they may be able to detect the condition. It is important to note that a chiropractor cannot definitively diagnose AS. That is why it is essential to take the information from your chiropractor and see your doctor or specialist for a definitive diagnosis. Even though chiropractors cannot treat or stop the progression of AS, certain symptoms and pain may improve with chiropractic care. That is why it is important to seek out a chiropractor who has specific experience with ankylosing spondylitis and who uses milder techniques.
Karen Erickson, DC, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic and Chiropractic Association with a private practice in New York City who has worked with people with ankylosing spondylitis, recommends this approach. If you suspect that you may have ankylosing spondylitis, it is important to take the necessary steps to get a definitive diagnosis. A chiropractor can provide valuable information that can help you on your journey to getting a diagnosis. However, it is important to remember that they cannot definitively diagnose AS.