If you’re looking for a chronic back pain specialist then it’s worth taking time to make sure you pick the right doctor for you. The “right” doctor can be different for everyone, but it primarily depends on two things – what your goals are and what the doctor believes is possible for you.
As far as your chronic back pain or chronic neck pain are concerned… do you have short-term and long-term goals? Let’s assume your short-term goal is less pain. There are different routes to having less pain (drugs, acupuncture, massage, general chiropractic care, etc). But what does the temporary pain relief do for your long-term goals?
Does temporary pain relief help you increase your activity levels, improve your overall health, and address the root cause of the back pain so it doesn’t continue to get worse with time?
For the vast majority of people the answer is a resounding “No”. It seems the best choice for a chronic back pain specialist is a doctor that has the ability to address the root cause of the back pain, help you improve your overall health, and help you safely increase your activity levels so you can achieve both your short-term and long-term goals.
Start by telling the doctor what your goals are and then hear what they have to say. Are they in support of your goals and do they believe that with the right kind of work your goals are possible? Remember you can always get a second (or even a third) opinion if you don’t like what they have to say.
Perhaps the most important factor to consider when deciding which chronic back pain doctor to work with is this: Can they identify and address the root cause of the problem? One type of doctor that has a high rate of success with chronic back pain cases is a specialist you wouldn’t expect – an upper cervical chiropractor.
You can think of these highly trained doctors are specialists in the chiropractic field just like neurologists are specialist in the field of medicine. They have a high rate of success because what they are able to address a commonly overlooked cause of chronic back pain and chronic neck pain – the upper cervical subluxation.
In many cases of chronic neck and back pain there is a small problem at the top of the neck which is a major contributing factor the tension and alignment problems in the rest of the neck and back. The upper most bones of the neck, C1 and C2 (also called atlas and axis) have tremendous ranges of motion when compared to every other bone in the spine, however they lack many of the stabilizing elements like cartilaginous dics and interlocking facet joints. For this reason, C1 and C2 are more liable to be misaligned than any other bone in the spine – and when if they do get misaligned they will cause a slight head-tilt.
If there is a slight head tilt caused by a problem at the top of the neck with body’s nervous system will engage the righting reflex which will cause the rest of the spinal column to adapt. This chronic adaptation to level the head is why there always appears to be a misalignment in the hips or shoulders and why there is chronic tension, stiffness, and discomfort in the neck or back.
Get in touch with Jason Gonzales, DC at:
The Specific Chiropractic Center
1281 East Ave #100
Chico, CA 95926