The best type of doctor in Chico for chronic neck and back pain treatment depends on the cause of your pain. Chiropractors (DC), physical therapists (PT), osteopaths (DO), and massage therapists (CMT) are common choices, but there are many possible causes of neck and back pain and knowing more about the underlying cause will help you determine which the best type doctor in Chico for your chronic neck and back pain. 

Dr. Jason Gonzales, DC suggests you answer these questions first before deciding on which doctor in Chico for chronic neck and back pain you’re going to visit. 

Question #1

Is the pain and stiffness in your neck and back your only symptoms?

If you said yes, then…

Recommendation: An experienced chiropractor that uses x-ray as part of their initial exam process.

Why: A chiropractor is the most qualified type of doctor to help with general pain and stiffness in the neck and back. Taking x-rays in this situation is important because it will help determine the location within the spine that needs to be worked on in order to relieve the pain and restore normal function. Also, x-rays might reveal any underlying problems that you can’t feel.

Question #2

In addition to your neck and back pain do you frequently have a specific pattern of numbness in your left OR right arm, hand, leg, or foot?

If you said yes, then…

Recommendation: Again, and experienced chiropractor that uses x-ray as part of their initial exam process.

Why: The most common reason for numbness on just one side of your body and just in a specific pattern is nerve irritation (“pinched nerve”). The nerve irritation will most likely be from arthritis in a certain part of the spine or a disc bulge and an x-ray will help determine between the two. If they suspect a disc bulge they chiropractic would most likely refer you out for an MRI.

Question #3

In addition to your neck and back pain do you have general feeling of extreme malaise or fatigue?

If you said yes, then…

Recommendation: A general medical doctor (GP). In this case the extreme malaise or fatigue may be a more important problem and a general MD is great choice because they can order any number of tests to help determine the underlying cause.

Why: Extreme malaise or fatigue can be a symptom of many different problems and a few of them require immediate treatment. In some cases the neck and back pain can wait.

Question #4

In addition to the neck and back pain has it become difficult to urinate or have a bowel movement or do you have any numbness or tingling in or around your genitals or anus?

If you said yes, then…

Recommendation: Go the EMERGENCY ROOM – NOW!

Why: It is very dangerous to have a urine or stool elimination problem.

Question #5

In addition to the neck and back pain have you noticed any muscle atrophy or has it become difficult to control your arms or legs?

If you said yes, then…

Recommendation: A medical neurologist.

Why: Muscle atrophy and/or trouble controlling a limb can be a sign of a nervous system disease. A medical neurologist is the most qualified doctor in this case and help identify any underlying causes and possible treatments.

Hopefully by answering those questions you’ll have more success when choosing a doctor in Chico for chronic neck and back pain.

Get in touch with Dr. Gonzales, DC at:
The Specific Chiropractic Center
1281 East Ave #100
Chico, CA 95926
(530)893-1446
jason@thespecific.com