Chiropractors and back pain go together like salt and pepper. Everyone knows you see a chiropractor for back issues, but what about other problems? The truth is that chiropractic medicine is surprisingly versatile and can help with a number of conditions beyond your back. Here are four times you should visit your chiropractor, even if your back feels fine.

  1. Headaches

An occasional headache can be explained by stress or maybe irritation from loud noise. However, chronic or severe headaches should be checked out. A large number of problematic headaches actually stem from the neck or jaw. As chiropractors are experts in joint problems and treatments, a visit to your chiropractor may be the first step in relieving your chronic headaches.

Even if you suspect your headaches are not due to joint issues, it is worthwhile to let your chiropractor know about the problem. They can rule out other causes, offer effective treatments, and refer you to a specialist, like a neurologist, if necessary.

  1. General Aches and Pains

We have all suffered aches and pains from overworking at one time or another. A game of hockey that became too rough or lifting an object that really was too heavy can leave with sore muscles or joints. If the pain is not present in your back, you may be reluctant to see your chiropractor, but they can likely help.

Chiropractors have training in the function of the entire musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Even if you pulled a ligament in your knee or feel that your shoulder popped out of the socket, they can make an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment. Also, it is possible that the pain is originating in your spine and is referred to another body area. If this is the case, your chiropractor will get to the bottom of the problem.

  1. As a Second Opinion

Surgery is unavoidable at times, but remember that you always have the right to seek a second opinion – or third. You may consider consulting a chiropractor before undertaking surgery for your spine or joint issues. They may tell you that surgery is necessary, but they may also be able to offer more conservative alternatives that you have not yet tried.

  1. To Avoid Strong Medications

Unfortunately, abuse of prescription pain medications is a reality in our world. While useful for those suffering from severe pain, these medications can often be habit-forming. If you have a painful condition and want to avoid prescription painkillers, see your chiropractor. They may be able to help with adjustments or other treatments, and chiropractors do not prescribe controlled substances.