by Sylvia Skefich D.C.
Which things on the following list do you think is a significant possible source of back and trunk pain, and/or radiating nerve pain in the legs:
1. auto accident
2. excessive mental stress
3. poor posture
4. out of condition
5. food allergies
6. sports injury
7. poor fat tolerance
8. mineral imbalance
9. repetitive stress
10. sluggish lymphatics
Did you say yes to numbers 1,2,3,4,6 and 9? Yay!... Correct! Good for you. Did you anyone say yes to numbers 5,7,8 or 10? Yay!...Good for you too, as all of the answers on the list are correct, in fact.
As a spine and pain specialist within the chiropractic arena, I see all sorts of seemingly elusive pain problems. A problem is only difficult, however, if the answer to it is mysterious. Generally speaking, a musculoskeletal problem that does not respond to musculoskeletal treatment is either: not really a musculoskeletal problem in origin, or the problem is so serious as to not respond to manual therapy (like a torn ligament). Moving along from this point, certain things can be determined. For instance, does the person exhibit signs of overall inflammation (like a rubbery sensation to the touch in the skin, and bogginess in the joints) that may be consistent with food allergy or medication sensitivity. Or does the person experience deep stiffness in the upper back or upon rotating the neck to full range (sometimes consistent with liver sluggishness). Or maybe the person has a history of being keyed up, or alternately being “all washed out,” consistent with mineral imbalance. Or perhaps the person gets ankle swelling and a bloated lower abdomen, consistent with an interference in the lymphatics.
As Doctors of Chiropractic, we are primary health care practitioners in the state of California. We are required to recognize signs of illness in order to refer to the appropriate doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Some of the aforementioned scenarios may belie an actual medical condition and may warrant a medical referral. But frequently such pain-causing ailments lie in the “sub-clinical” arena, meaning that there is no disease process going on, but a system or an organ is stressed, taxed, sluggish, toxic and not performing at its optimum. This alone can lead to significant nerve interference that causes pain, often in a seemingly unrelated part of the body.
If you are not getting a resolution to your problem, continue to seek care from someone who will get you there. The Santa Cruz region has many alternative sources of primary care…such practitioners will not give up or be fazed if you do not show a “positive” on a lab test, MRI or x-ray, and will continue seeking the source of your trouble. Those practitioners include certain interested individuals within the fields of medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture and homeopathy.
Sylvia Skefich is a Doctor of Chiropractic and an instructor of Cranio-Sacral Technique. She is certified in Orthopedic Massage, Nutrition and a graduate of the Whiplash and Brain Traumatology program.Feel free to call her office if you are wondering if she can help you. 831-475-1995 www.vital-you.com 920 41st Avenue, Suite G, Santa Cruz 95062