Do You Need To Visit A Physical Therapist Or Chiropractor? 5 Signs To Help You Decide

Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, generally when they least expect it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 31 million individuals in the United States seek medical treatment for unintentional injuries on an annual basis. Many of these injuries result in lingering or chronic pain and, often, injured victims do not know where to turn to treat that pain. Some may visit the emergency room or visit their general physician while many others may simply try to grin and bear it. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) reported that about half of Americans believed that experiencing pain was simply part of regular life.

However, it is not always necessary to continue through life experiencing chronic pain from injuries, as there are a variety of professionals that can provide treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms so you can return to regular life. Two types of professionals who can commonly assist people with injuries are physical therapists and chiropractors. The following are some signs that you may want to consider visiting one of these professionals and some information to help you choose which type of office to call.

1. You Have Stiffness Or Pain In Your Neck Or Back

The AOA further reports that neck injuries are the third most common cause of chronic pain in the U.S. In addition, statistics published by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) indicate that more than 30 million people in the U.S. are experiencing back pain at any given moment. Neck and back pain can occur for many reasons, from injuries at work to car accidents to sports injuries, among others. Chiropractors can help to determine whether your injury has caused greater problems in your spine and can help you with realignment treatment and more. If your pain is stemming from a pulled muscle, dislocation, or a similar injury, a physical therapist can help you with treatment and strategies to heal the injury and strengthen the area surrounding the injury.

2. You Have Sharp Or Shooting Pains

Dull and lingering pain is nothing to ignore, but if you are experiencing sharp and acute pain in the affected area, you may have sustained a more severe injury. Physical therapists often successfully treat acute injuries including but not limited to the following:

  • Fractures and stress fractures;
  • Ligament sprains;
  • Ligament tears;
  • Rotator cuff tears;
  • Foot or ankle sprains;
  • Cartilage tears;
  • Meniscus tears; and
  • Tendon tears.

In addition, if a shooting pain is going down your leg, it may signify that you have a compressed or pinched sciatic nerve. The ACA estimates that this type of injury is most common in adults ages 30 to 50 years old. A chiropractor can adjust your spine to relieve the pressure that is on your nerve to hopefully relieve the pain or tingling sensations that you are experiencing.

3. You Have Chronic Headaches or Migraines

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that headaches are one of the most common health disorders in the world and the Migraine Research Foundation estimates that approximately 38 million people in the United States suffer from migraines. While some headaches are simply caused due to stress or other triggers, many headaches and migraines may be caused by serious neck, back, shoulder, or spinal injuries. By visiting a chiropractor, you may be able to learn the true root cause of your headaches and the chiropractor can address these issues to help relieve you of your head pain. In addition, a physical therapist can help you to strengthen the muscles in the neck and/or back to help you recover from your injury.

4. Rest Is Not Relieving Your Pain

In many cases of injury, a medical professional will prescribe a treatment plan of rest, icing, or a combination thereof. In many cases, rest can cure the injury and you can get back to your usual activities. However, if rest is not helping and your find yourself continually taking over-the-counter medications to deal with lingering pain, you should consider consulting with a physical therapist or a chiropractor. Often, lingering pain symptoms are a sign of an underlying injury, which a physical therapist can address. Additionally, chronic pain in your muscles or joints can result from musculoskeletal misalignment, with which a chiropractor can help. You should never think that your pain must be severe or sharp to have to visit a physical therapist or chiropractor, as these professionals can assist with dull recurring pain, as well.

5. You Have Been Involved In A Traumatic Event

If you have been involved in a car accident, suffered a sports injury, had a fall, or experienced any other type of traumatic event, chances are your body sustained some type of injury from the jolt of the trauma. Though you may not recognize your pain symptoms as stemming from the incident, though a physical therapist and chiropractor can ask questions regarding recent events to help you identify and treat any injuries you sustained in the accident.

Discuss Your Situation With An Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney

Many people suffering from painful injuries may hesitate to make an appointment with a physical therapist or chiropractor because they are worried about how to cover the costs of such treatments. However, in many cases, these types of treatments can help rid you of serious and lasting pain and allow you to regain mobility and strength so that you can carry on with your regular work and activities.

It's important to look for an attorney that understands how much both physical therapists and chiropractors can assist with certain injuries and are committed to helping you recover for the expenses associated with any necessary treatment whenever possible. Some firms have good relationships with many types of medical professionals in and around the Las Vegas area. It is easy to do some online research to find these attorneys and contact them.

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