Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans. Of all the forms of chronic pain, lower back and neck pain are some of the most common.
Still, it’s not always clear when someone needs to see a chiropractor. But there are certain signs and symptoms that can tell you when it’s time to call and make an appointment.
In this article, we’ll talk about those signs and symptoms. We’ll also talk about other ailments that may require the care of a chiropractor.
That way, you’ll know when to see a chiropractor so you can start living pain-free!
Painful Joints & Muscles
From time to time, it’s normal to feel pain in our joints and muscles.
We can attribute this to many mundane causes. Perhaps you’ve been doing some heavy lifting around the house. Or maybe you’ve been going at it hard in the gym and aren’t stretching properly beforehand.
But when muscle and joint pain doesn’t go away, it could be due to something more underlying.
How long is too long to be living with frequent pain in your muscles and joints?
Have you been living with constant pain and don’t know when to see a chiropractor?
If you’re reaching for aspirin or ibuprofen on a daily basis, there’s likely something going on. Long-term ibuprofen use can be harmful. So, it’s best to see a medical professional when you are having to use pain relievers on a regular basis.
If you’ve been in pain for some time, it’s likely rooted in your musculoskeletal system. This is pain that lasts for more than a couple of weeks.
Post-Accident or Injury
Were you recently in a car accident? Has any pain developed since the accident?
Have you recently suffered another type of injury?
Your injuries could be due to an accident, or something with sports, or even something natural. Regardless of the cause, you shouldn’t let dull, manageable pain go unnoticed.
Because even if an injury seems minor now, it could worsen over time.
If you’ve recently had an accident or injury, a chiropractor may help you to prevent future pain. They’ll not only go over your medical history. They’ll discuss the following with you in regards to your injury:
- When the injury happened/when the pain developed
- Where the injury happened/where you’re feeling pain
- Description of the pain (dull/sharp/throbbing/etc.)
They’ll look to see if your pain is directly caused by the injury or accident. They’ll also talk to you about which activities help with the pain or make it worse.
The bottom line: Don’t wait until you’re in serious pain. And if an old injury has resurfaced, this also indicates when to see a chiropractor.
Frequent Headaches & Migraines
We don’t always attribute headaches and migraines with problems in our musculoskeletal system. After all, there are many possible causes of frequent headaches or migraines.
Sometimes frequent headaches or migraines are due to hormonal changes. Other times they may be due to changes in the weather, or stress.
Do you suffer from migraines or headaches, but aren’t sure when to see a chiropractor?
The answer is: Don’t wait!
Because there’s a strong possibility that they’re due to something going on in your neck or upper back.
If medication and advice from your doctor haven’t helped, it doesn’t hurt to reach out elsewhere. If your primary physician can rule out all other causes, a chiropractor may be able to pinpoint the cause.
Pinched nerves bring thousands of patients into chiropractic centers and doctor offices annually.
Sometimes they’re caused by sleeping or sitting in a weird position for too long. Other times they’re caused by injuries or by chronic inflammation. They may even be due to certain conditions like sciatica.
Sometimes they go away on their own. Other times they persist and can cause us a great deal of pain.
So, how can you recognize when you have a pinched nerve? And how do you know when to see a chiropractor for one?
A pinched nerve feels like numbing, tingling, or even dull to sharp pain. It can occur anywhere near a bone, tendon, or ligament.
The feeling of a pinched nerve can accompany neck, lower back, or upper back pain. It can even accompany pain in your hands, fingers, wrists, or elbows. This pain can even radiate down one or both of your legs.
If a pinched nerve persists, you should call your doctor. If it accompanies leg pain or radiating pain anywhere else in your body, it’s time to call a chiropractor.
Having trouble getting to or staying asleep?
If so, you know how troubling poor sleep can be. When you’ve exhausted tea and even over-the-counter sleep aids, it’s time to take action.
Because, did you know, that headaches or pain in your muscles and joints may be keeping you awake?
Pain relievers help you to manage the pain. But you’re still not getting a full night’s sleep.
A chiropractor will not only help to alleviate the pain and discomfort you feel at night. Their treatment will improve your body’s blood flow so you can relax easier – and for longer.
A chiropractor can even coach you through practices that’ll help you relax comfortably.
Know When to See a Chiropractor & Make the Call Today!
Chiropractic is more than relieving chronic pain due to musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It’s about helping patients better treat their pain so they can live their best lives.
If you’re suffering from one or more of the signs or symptoms we’ve discussed, it’s time to call a chiropractor.
Are you located in the Seattle region? Still not sure when to see a chiropractor?