2020 has been a trying year and the last 3 months in particular have been rough for many people. Now with quarantine being lifted and new fears of a second outbreak of the virus, many are wondering whether it’s too risky to visit their chiropractor.
Chiropractors are considered essential healthcare workers, so some are open and seeing patients. Even in light of the pandemic people are still getting injured and needing chiropractors after car accidents or incidents at home. There are also patients who have pre-existing conditions that require chiropractic treatment. If you’re unsure about seeing your chiropractor, here are the things to consider when making this decision.
Evaluate Your Risk and Tolerance
How should you assess yourself in the midst of a pandemic and needing chiropractic care? The truth is that it depends. If you are high risk for coronavirus and catching it could mean life or death, it may be worth it to put your chiropractic treatment on pause. However, some require chiropractic care and in some instances its more important and just as serious as the coronavirus.
For example, some patients actually need to go to the emergency room if they don’t receive their weekly care. Some musculoskeletal conditions can be hazardous if not treated and possibly worse than the coronavirus itself. Also, if you need to visit a hospital because of missing chiropractic care then you’re already putting yourself at risk when visiting a hospital. On top of that, you’re taking up a precious room that could be used for a coronavirus patient. In these scenarios, it might be best to visit your chiropractor.
It goes without saying, but if you experience a car accident or sustain a skeletal injury, it’s probably best and even recommended that you seek out a chiropractor. Car accident victims still need treatment, and a pandemic doesn’t stop you from requiring care. Read more about car accident patients during COVID-19 here.
But what if your conditions aren’t life or death, yet you’re dealing with a pain that’s unmanageable? It’s recommended that you continue normal chiropractic care. Chiropractors are available to provide relief and stability to your body. And if your pain is interfering with your life, it’s ok to seek out relief. Just make sure that you’re being careful and you’ll be alright. If you’re nervous or unsure of how to be safe, here are some ways.
Ways You and Your Chiropractor Can Be Safe
Chiropractic offices are well aware of the situation of our nation and are trying their best to keep you safe. Many chiropractors are sanitizing their offices, doorknobs, instruments, and beds where previous patients have been. They are following CDC guidelines and will probably be wearing a face mask as well as social distancing as best as they can.
Some chiropractors are even limiting their waiting rooms to allow only a handful of patients inside their doors. This is to adhere to social distancing guidelines by the CDC as well as keep gatherings under a specific number as implemented on a state by state basis.
Don’t skimp on your own safety either. Wearing a facemask, washing your hands, using sanitizer, etc. is all important for you to keep up yourself. Even before arriving at the chiropractor, be aware of your surroundings as well as who you’re being exposed to. It might be hard to believe that the chiropractor is safer than the fast food drive through line. You never know where contamination might be, so be proactive in protecting yourself.
But don’t forsake chiropractic care and put yourself in further harm if you don’t need to. It’s perfectly safe to see a car accident chiropractor and you’ll be helping the hospitals dealing with coronavirus patients.
You Don’t Need to Live in Pain – But Be Careful
If you were unsure about visiting your doctor or chiropractor, we hope this guides you in your decision. There’s no need to live in pain and wonder when you’ll get your next adjustment. Chiropractors are doing everything in their strength to keep you safe.
That being said, no one can predict the future. If you are high risk or live with someone high risk, the reality is your chances of catching the coronavirus increase when you step outside your front door. Be smart and know what’s best for you. Assess your risk and look at the pros and the cons of the situation. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon.
Isaiah Ram is a writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He helps unleash potential in people and in businesses with content and with marketing. In his free time he writes music with his wife, and the two serve recovering addicts at Good Landing Recovery.
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