When I’m meeting with a new patient in my office, I ALWAYS tell them we need to take xray films of their spine.
Here’s why: Almost always, the source or cause of the person’s pain is because of how their spine is built or shaped. It makes sense, though, right? If the foundation of your house was off, what would you start seeing after a couple years – maybe some cracks in the walls, foundation, or ceilings, etc. EVERYONE knows what happens if your teeth are not in alignment – you would have some crazy buckteeth going on (and I have the school pictures to prove I did way back in the day!).
My point is, what if you never fixed the structure of the foundation in your house or didn’t straighten your teeth out? And the “Captain Obvious” answer is: It wouldn’t function or perform the way you wanted it to and there would be problems or issues that would arise later on down the road! The same goes with the structure and alignment of your spine.
Take, for example, this person’s neck xray. It’s taken from the side, so this would be a profile view. There are 2 lines on xray, black and red. Black is where the neck should be, and red is where the spine is at. It’s easy to see the neck isn’t shaped the way it’s supposed to, right? Right!
Now, what if I told you that this person who has their neck shaped like this has neck pain and occasional headaches? That would make sense, though, right? Of course, because once your spine isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to because it’s shaped the wrong way, sooner or later it starts to have problems (ie, symptoms of pain, headaches, numbness/tingling, etc).
Here’s another example or how a spine can be misaligned – this time we’re looking at a person’s low back from the front. Can you see how their spine leans to the left? That’s because the foundation (see how I’m tying this all in together?) their spine sits on, their sacrum and pelvis, is uneven – thereby causing the spine to curve. It’s literally just short on the Left side!
If a person’s spine looks like this on xray film, most times they have low back pain or tightness, hip pain, or sometimes even knee pain. But it all makes sense – the way your body is structured, the way it will either perform… or not.
So, if you’re one of those people that seems like you have neck or back pain every so often, and then it goes away for a while, but then keeps coming back… and then goes away… then comes back… Maybe it’s because your spine isn’t actually able to function at a level of peak performance and you have pain.
And if you’re one of those people that would finally like to discover the truth about what’s going on and would like to see if there’s a potential solution for your problem, I’d love to see if I can help!
Call my office or email me at DrLeif@ActiveChiroCare.com to get ahold of me.
Until next time,
– Dr. Leif
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