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How To Know When To See A Chiropractor

Knowing when to see a chiropractor depends on recognizing which symptoms may be related to spinal injuries or misalignment. As all the nerves in the body travel along the spinal column, pain in any region of the body can often be traced to a pinched nerve. Here are nine signs that I look for before recommending that someone see a chiropractor.

Headaches

Caused by a pinched nerve or blood vessel in the neck, cervicogenic headaches occur when the cervical vertebra at the top of the spine, which are the smallest vertebra in the spine and support the head, become misaligned.

Neck Stiffness

Not being able to turn your head without pain, or being unable to turn you head all the way to the left or right is a sign of misaligned vertebra.

Shoulder Soreness

Stiffness or soreness around the trapezius muscles, leading from the sides of the neck to the tops of the shoulders, can be an indication of a pinched nerve in the neck or back from misalignment of the spine or shoulder socket.

Back Pain

Pain anywhere along or radiating out from the spine, in the upper back, known as the thoracic region, or the lumbar area of the lower back is a solid sign that a vertebra has shifted and pinched a nerve.

Hip Pain

Soreness in the hips, especially after sitting for extended periods of time, is most commonly caused by nerve compression in the lower back or hip socket misalignment. Hip soreness after standing or exercising is commonly related to spinal misalignment or arthritis, both of which can be helped by a chiropractic adjustment.

Pain or Numbness in the Upper Legs

The sciatic nerve, running from the spine though the pelvis and into the thighs, can often become compressed from sitting for excessively long periods, or from an injury affecting the spine.

Loss of Coordination

A sudden loss of the ability of fine motor movement, such as loss of balance when standing or walking or trouble with fingertip control can be a sign of nerve impingement, interrupting the sensory input to the muscles from the brain.

Loss of Energy

Improper alignment of the joints and spine place an extreme amount of stress on the body and can often cause a higher than normal expenditure of energy in just preforming normal daily activities. Includes persistent lethargy even after plenty of rest.

Morning Body Discomfort

Because people do not move much during sleep, problems with the joints will be exacerbated in the morning as the lack of movement during the night cause the joints to stiffen up.
If you experience any of these conditions, and especially if you suffers from more than one, you should call a chiropractor and set up an appointment as quickly as possible.

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