The risk of injury from chiropractic treatment is generally low when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. Spinal manipulation has fewer risks than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and most of the technique’s side effects are mild. Still, there are some individuals who shouldn’t seek chiropractic treatment.
When to avoid chiropractic care
Chiropractic manipulation isn’t appropriate for people taking anticoagulant, or blood-thinning, drugs, such as warfarin. Certain medical conditions make manipulation unsafe, often because the bones or joints are more fragile than usual.
Don’t see a chiropractor if you have:
• Severe osteoporosis
• Cancer in your bones or spine, such as multiple myeloma or bone tumors
• A bone infection (osteomyelitis)
• Numbness or tingling in an arm or a leg
• Paget’s disease
• Active rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis
• An increased risk of stroke
• An unstable spine