Sometimes, the answer is obvious. It’s easy to know that you need help when you have pain that is a 10/10. If you can’t put on your own socks without help or can’t stand up without discomfort, it’s probably time to book an appointment.
During acute episodes, it’s not usually a case of should I book an appointment but how soon can I get in?! Other times, it can be harder to judge. It’s pretty tough to ignore sharp, shooting pain that doesn’t go away – but stiff, achy pain can get pushed to the side.For people recovering from injury or dealing with more chronic complaints, the warning signs can be more subtle in nature and can be missed because their pain is not “as bad.”
If you suffered an acute injury in the past, you may wonder if the pain you’re having now is just a one-time thing or the return of something worse. So how do you know if you should get checked out? If you suffer a new injury, the sooner you get in, the better.
For pain that is not associated with a trauma or injury, you’ll typically want to get it checked if it lasts more than two days. It helps to consider function. If you find that aches and pains are keeping you from sleeping well, or from sitting or walking, or participating in activities you enjoy, it is a good idea to have it looked at. For athletes, they may come in with the goal of enhancing their performance, rather than for a specific complaint.
The bottom line: Do not wait if your pain is getting worse, not better. If you are experiencing numbness or tingling or pain that travels into your legs or arms, don’t ignore it.
Other symptoms such as chest pain or dizziness need to be evaluated immediately.
Why Treat Your Car Better Than Your Body?
When your check engine light comes on, you don’t just ignore it – it’s pretty widely accepted that waiting until your car quits on the highway is not recommended.
Our bodies aren’t any different. Actually, we should take even better care of our bodies because it’s much harder to find a replacement.
It is much easier to get a quick tune-up every now and then when things aren’t functioning properly (it’s also a lot cheaper!) Don’t wait until your “engine” needs an overhaul.
It’s a myth that once you see a chiropractor, you have to keep going. And not everyone wants maintenance care when things are going well. But there is also middle ground between crisis care and wellness type adjustments. Minor problems can lead to big changes and it’s much more comfortable and quicker to catch small changes before they progress. Regardless of the type of program you choose, one of the benefits of manual therapy is that you become aware of your own body – many people start to know when things aren’t right or when they are due for a treatment. You may feel like something is “off,” tight or unbalanced. Achy pain that isn’t going away, limited movement or “twinges” of pain that keep happening are your warning signs that something isn’t right.