Should I Go To Chiropractor Or Urgent Care?

When you’re in pain, the first thing you probably think of is a doctor’s office and a dose of prescribed pain pills. Though sometimes this is a good route, it often puts a bandaid on the issue instead of truly treating it. While your instinct might be to head straight to the ER or to urgent care, this isn’t always the case.

Certain medical emergencies may make this a necessity, but in the majority of cases, you’re going to be better off seeing a chiropractor. Whether you go to a chiropractor or not has a lot to do with where the pain is located in your body and how severe your injuries might be. In the majority of cases, a visit to urgent care isn’t needed, though it can help you calm your nerves and assure you that everything is well.

After a major car accident for example, it may be wise to check into an ER or urgent care near you. This is especially true if you have any obvious physical injuries, are losing blood, have hit your head, or may be experiencing internal bleeding. These situations are considered emergencies and should be treated as such. One visit to the local urgent care isn’t likely to do much for your pain.

A shot or course of pain killers might solve the problem temporarily, but the pain will come back until the underlying issue is resolved. A chiropractor is trained in managing pain and injuries to the back and neck and uses their special training to tackle problems from the root. Only through consistent care and management will your pain resolve. A chiropractor will work directly with you to come up with a plan for eliminating pain and stiffness.

Their training allows them to often know the problem, just by observing how a person stands. Unlike a traditional physician, a chiropractor is a specialist when it comes to pain, posture, and true healing. Over the course of weeks or months, depending on the severity of the issue, a chiropractor will help you heal your body instead of treating just the symptoms.

Reasons to See a Chiropractor

Whether you have one of these symptoms because of a known injury like a car accident, a genetic condition like scoliosis, or for no discernible reason at all, a chiropractor can help. If you’re experiencing any of these, give our office a call.

  • Back Pain –
  • Neck Pain –
  • Pain or Stiffness in Muscles and Joints –
  • Unexplained Headaches –

Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is best treated by a skilled chiropractor. Regular back pain can be debilitating. Sometimes, a doctor will prescribe addictive painkillers for back pain that can further deteriorate quality of life for patients. A chiropractor will help your back pain through adjustments, ergonomic lifestyle changes, and special exercises.

Neck pain is similar to back pain in that a chiropractor can help treat it over time, whether it’s from stiffness and tension or an injury. Your chiropractor may give you lifestyle changes like posture advice and stretch routines, as well as make minor adjustments to your spine. It’s not only the standard neck and back pain that can bring you into the chiro. Pain in your muscles, joints, and tendons can all be treated as well. Even things like tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed with the help of a chiropractor.

They will help assess the cause of your pain so a treatment plan can be drafted. Some pain in the body is caused by posture problems, stress, or general tension and stiffness in the body. For example, headaches are often caused by tension in the neck. This tension builds over time, becoming chronic and painful. Your chiropractor can help you with gentle neck adjustments and manipulations that relieve pain more permanently than an Advil.

Even pain and soreness from working out can be helped via a chiropractor, since this pain is often due to tightness or tension. Certain stretches and exercises can relieve your pain and help prevent it in the future. Know that a chiropractor is the right choice for you? We’re proudly serving Birmingham, AL and the surrounding cities and would be happy to assist you. Give us a call today at 205-637-1363 or stop by our office to set up your first appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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