Chiropractic in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era
Clinical Compass


Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has had dramatic effects on many aspects of life, as the world struggles to deal with its many ramifications. As of late-April 2020, nearly 3.2 million around the world have been infected, and 226,000 have died. In the U.S., more than one million people are confirmed to be infected according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. [1]

Doctors of Chiropractic want to help, but the role of D.C.’s has been the subject of controversy both within and outside of the profession. This is a consequence of claims made by some D.C.’s about the capacity for manipulation to prevent or treat COVID-19, as well as a lack of understanding of the role D.C.’s can play in this crisis. As of this writing (late-April 2020), though there are some promising approaches, there are no reliably confirmed treatments or preventive strategies of any kind for Coronavirus -19 infection except social (physical) distancing and practices such as wearing masks, hand washing, and other hygiene measures. There are no medical treatments or chiropractic treatments shown to have any reliable efficacy.

The purpose of this commentary is to help define what role, if any, the chiropractic profession can play in this global pandemic. It is not intended to be an exhaustive literature synthesis and to the extent feasible will attempt to avoid classic internal political disagreements among factions of the
profession. Rather the goal is to outline what we know, what we don’t know, and how we can best help in this critical moment.

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