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When You Should and Shouldn't See a Chiropractor

Chiropractic care can be a great treatment option for preventative care to rehabilitation after an accident. However, there are a few things you should skip the chiropractic office and head straight for the doctor's. Here at Lake Superior Chiropractic, we're devoted to caring for patients and educating them on how to be their healthiest self, which is why we decided to put together this helpful list. Here are a few examples of when you should go to a chiropractor and when you shouldn't.


1. Go When: You Want Preventative Care

Regular chiropractic adjustments is a great way to keep your body aligned and you feeling great. They can also provide you with tips and tricks on how to maintain your alignment and health on your own through exercises and stretches.


This is especially true if your line of work involves a lot of physical activity or you are sitting down for hours at a time.



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2. Don't Go When: You're Sick

Back pain is one thing, but if you're going to a chiropractor because you might have strep, that's not the best idea. While chiropractic adjustments can help keep up your immunity and help you recover from a cold, your body ultimately needs medication to kick illnesses like strep, pneumonia, etc.


Chiropractic care has many benefits, but it's important to see a medical doctor if you have an illness that requires medication.



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3. Go When: You Have an Injury

Slipping, falling, twisting, oh my!


Injuries like a sprained wrist or twisted ankle or a painful fall on your bum, can be improved with chiropractic care, as these injuries also affect the alignment of the spine, which can lead to larger issues later, if not corrected.


Many chiropractors are even certified in spinal trauma (like Dr. Miller!), which means they can help treat ailments like whiplash after a car accident, too.


Of course, don't go if you're sure something is broken; go straight to the doctor for that. However, if you think it's minor and an x-ray reveals you have a fracture, your chiropractor will recommend seeing an orthopedist, but for smaller injuries, they often have braces and supports to help while it heals.



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These are just a few examples, but if you're ever in doubt of whether or not you should come see a chiropractor, feel free to give us a call! We will provide honest, unbiased answers to help you get the care you need.

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