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  • Writer's picturePaul Villanueva

When To Visit A Chiropractor

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

We don’t always pay attention to the pain in our bodies. As a result, many of us go on day-to-day with pain that can be easily treated by making simple changes to our routine. However, in this on the go society those changes don’t always come easy. There are times when in-home remedies are no longer effective and it’s time to visit a chiropractor. Therefore, here are signs you need to look out for; to help you determine when to visit a chiropractor.

Lower Back Pain

This one is probably the most obvious, lower back pain. As you grow older all those activities you did when you were younger start to catch up with you. This can range from untreated injuries, to improper posture. This is not something to be alarmed about since most back pain comes and goes. However, if your lower back pain doesn’t go away this could be a sign that it’s time to visit a chiropractor.

Now, before you make your appointment here is a checklist of what to look out for:

Question: Has the pain been consistent for close to a month?

Answer: If yes, then it’s time to make an appointment. If the answer is no then you may want to try home remedies first.

Question: Is it getting worse?

Answer: If yes, then it’s time to schedule a visit with a chiropractor. If the answer is no then wait and see if the pain subsides on its own.

Question: Is the pain unbearable?

Answer: If yes, immediately make an appointment to get your lower back checked out. If the answer is no, but it does cause some discomfort, you’ll still want to make an appointment.

Many of us have learned to live with lower back pain. However, getting treated for the pain can bring you some relief although it might not be immediate. This can help you on your path to living pain free.

Chronic Muscle or Joint Pain

This type of pain is very common among athletes and people with physical intensive labor jobs. People with office jobs that have limited mobility can also experience this type of pain. Also, this can be a sign of other underlying health conditions such as arthritis or even bone cancer. You’re able to catch this early by visiting a chiropractor if you’re experiencing this type of pain.

The great news is that this type of pain does have an in-home remedy which is implementing stretches and a healthy diet into your routine. Many of our patients try to deal with this pain by taking over the counter medicine for pain relief. This can be a temporary fix but you’ll eventually need to schedule a visit if the pain doesn’t go away.

You Were Recently In A Car Accident

This one seems pretty obvious but many still won’t schedule a visit to a chiropractor after a car accident. You may not feel it right away but the pain can start off small and then turn into an issue way after the accident has been settled. Regardless of who was at fault, you should visit a chiropractor. In order to help better determine if your pain or injury is directly related to the accident you should visit a chiropractor within 72 hours. The most common injury is whiplash but it can be more severe depending on the type of accident.

Another common issue after being involved in a car accident is inflammation in the spine. Your body is trying to deal with the shock of a sudden injury which can cause swelling in your neck or spine. Getting a chiropractic alignment can help break up the scar tissue so that it can heal properly. Also, you won’t really know the severity of your injuries until later. Therefore, by helping your body heal properly you can target areas you didn’t even know you had issues with.


The pain in your body might be obvious but what may not be so obvious is how to deal with it. There are in-home remedies you can try for lower back pain, chronic muscle, or joint pain. However, more serious problems like being involved in a car accident will need immediate attention. If you’re even experiencing small discomforts in your body you can schedule a visit with your chiropractor; it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big issue. The key is to target the pain before it becomes a big issue.

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