When You Should or Shouldn’t See a Chiropractor

If you’ve been nursing an injury or suffering from a health ailment that simply won’t go away, you’ve probably investigated many different treatment options.

You may have looked to natural cures, such as cryotherapy, exercise, and other similar methods. Alternatively, you may have pursued the traditional medical route which usually involves medications and/or surgical intervention. 

However, it’s possible that you’ve overlooked chiropractic care for your health issues. In many cases, chiropractic care can be a godsend that enables you to heal when nothing else did. That being said, chiropractic care isn’t the right choice for every person, nor is it the correct choice for every malady. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at some general considerations as to when you should consider chiropractic care, and when it might be a better idea to go elsewhere for your health needs. 

When NOT to See a Chiropractor

While chiropractors can help with tons of different health issues, as you’ll see later in this article, there are some times when it is inappropriate to seek chiropractic care. 

Speaking generally, if you have suffered a traumatic injury, such as a car accident, an assault, or a major fall, you should go to the emergency room for treatment. These injuries often require comprehensive medical management, and most chiropractic offices are not suited to triage patients who were involved in a traumatic accident. 

Furthermore, there may be instances where you’ve trialed many different conservative treatment options, including chiropractic care, and have not found relief from your symptoms. In these cases, it may be a good idea to seek out a second opinion from a clinician who follows the traditional medical model.

Beyond these situations, chiropractic care bears consideration for almost any health condition from which you could suffer.

When to See a Chiropractor

Outside of the issues described above, chiropractic care is nearly always a good decision for your health-related needs. Let’s take a look at the many conditions with which chiropractors can assist.

Orthopedic Injuries

Muscle strains, tendon injuries, and other orthopedic problems are some of the most common issues seen by chiropractors. Especially when it comes to low back pain, scoliosis, and neck pain, chiropractors can be incredibly effective in reducing pain and improving function.

Your chiropractor can help you manage your orthopedic injury and get you back to life quickly.


Concussions are often long-term injuries that take weeks, months, or even years to heal. By adjusting the spine and correcting any misalignments, chiropractors can often help patients overcome concussions and other issues affecting the central nervous system.

Similarly, chiropractors can usually help patients suffering from headaches improve their ability to manage the condition.  

Gastrointestinal Issues

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other, similar conditions have become extremely common over the past few years. 

Interestingly, research has shown that there is an important connection between the nervous system and the gut. This connection is often overlooked, and the symptoms of gut-related issues are treated in isolation. However, this doesn’t usually lead to complete healing. 

By addressing spinal issues through chiropractic care, many GI problems can heal completely.

Athletic Performance Problems

Many athletes swear by chiropractic care. Chiropractors can help athletes improve range of motion, strength, and other components of athleticism in no time. With even just a few simple chiropractic treatments, many athletes begin to notice profound performance improvements. 

To reiterate: there are some issues for which chiropractic care is not the right solution. But many problems can be effectively and efficiently managed by your local Noblesville chiropractor at Anchor Health Chiropractic. Book your first appointment with us today!

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