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    Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this. So, I've been out of the army for a few years now and it seems my body is now starting to show some of the wear and tear. I have a ton of tightness and pain at the front of my neck and the middle of my back, also through my back parallel to my spine. I know that most of the pain comes from stiff muscles, which also happens to effect the way I walk.

    I am trying to find some medical help, but I dont know which kind of doctor I should be looking for. I went to a chiropractor which didnt help much, what is the a kind of doctor that evaluates body posture and tests gait patterns? I appreciate any help.

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    I believe you're looking for an orthopedic doctor. They have different specialties, such as hand, knees and back.

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    I would contact your primary care and see if they need to send you to physical therapy or a physiatrist. The other one might be a podiatrist, because they deal with the feet and that has a big effect on your posture and lower back.

    Also thank you for my freedom, and do not forget you VA benefits. This might be covered by them if you can show it is an after effect of your duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulqy117 View Post
    Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this. So, I've been out of the army for a few years now and it seems my body is now starting to show some of the wear and tear. I have a ton of tightness and pain at the front of my neck and the middle of my back, also through my back parallel to my spine. I know that most of the pain comes from stiff muscles, which also happens to effect the way I walk.

    I am trying to find some medical help, but I dont know which kind of doctor I should be looking for. I went to a chiropractor which didnt help much, what is the a kind of doctor that evaluates body posture and tests gait patterns? I appreciate any help.
    Maybe some physical therapy... though I'd still recommend getting checked by your GP... and maybe necessary to get a referral to a specialist...

    Did you just do a bunch of heavy physical work, or work out?

    You're a bit on the young range for it, but if you find particular issues in your left arm etc too... call for the medics! (911 for California)

    I have a ton of tightness and pain at the front of my neck and the middle of my back
    I don't like this... get it checked out please!

    -Marka

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    Hard to guess at your problem from the (lack of) information given. Barring specific traumatic injury or congenital problems, chiropractic or massage therapy should handle the problem. Specific physical injuries would be best looked at by an orthopedic guy.

    As a former wrestler and currently an endurance athlete, I've found that a good massage therapist can work wonders for muscle-related issues. For more structural or joint related things, try an orthopedic surgeon.

    Its also hard to guess at the severity. My kids are older than you, so I probably ignore a lot of aches and pains that you consider life-threatening. Please disregard the previous if you've been blown up in Afghanistan. Like I said, you were a little light on details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egor View Post
    I would contact your primary care and see if they need to send you to physical therapy or a physiatrist. The other one might be a podiatrist, because they deal with the feet and that has a big effect on your posture and lower back.

    Also thank you for my freedom, and do not forget you VA benefits. This might be covered by them if you can show it is an after effect of your duty.
    Thanks for the help and the support it means a lot to the guys actively serving. Ill look into what a podiatrist is/does, Ive been trying with the Va but they have a ton of problems at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marka View Post
    Maybe some physical therapy... though I'd still recommend getting checked by your GP... and maybe necessary to get a referral to a specialist...

    Did you just do a bunch of heavy physical work, or work out?

    You're a bit on the young range for it, but if you find particular issues in your left arm etc too... call for the medics! (911 for California)

    I don't like this... get it checked out please!

    -Marka
    Im not about to have a heart attack, I promise. I did go see my GP today but apparently they dont cover chiro visits, so itll be out of pocket for that. If anything messed me up it was that darn vest they had us carry, but i think general stress and anxiety might be wrecking my body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    Hard to guess at your problem from the (lack of) information given. Barring specific traumatic injury or congenital problems, chiropractic or massage therapy should handle the problem. Specific physical injuries would be best looked at by an orthopedic guy.

    As a former wrestler and currently an endurance athlete, I've found that a good massage therapist can work wonders for muscle-related issues. For more structural or joint related things, try an orthopedic surgeon.

    Its also hard to guess at the severity. My kids are older than you, so I probably ignore a lot of aches and pains that you consider life-threatening. Please disregard the previous if you've been blown up in Afghanistan. Like I said, you were a little light on details.
    I wouldnt consider none of this pain "life-theatening", its just very invasive in day to day activities, I feel like a 70 year old when I try to get up in the morning. As far as I know, it was not from trauma, it just started to slowly develop. Orthopedic seems to be the popular answer here so I'll be looking one up. Oh,and I came back mostly in tact, but not blown up. Gotta thank God for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egor View Post
    I would contact your primary care and see if they need to send you to physical therapy or a physiatrist.
    Physiatrist? The only thing I can think you may have meant to type is "psychiatrist" but that doesn't make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulqy117 View Post
    I am trying to find some medical help, but I dont know which kind of doctor I should be looking for. I went to a chiropractor which didnt help much, what is the a kind of doctor that evaluates body posture and tests gait patterns? I appreciate any help.
    First, a DC (doctor of chiropractic) isn't particularly the kind of doctor you want. Their practice is focused less on fixing skeletal issues per se, but aligning your spine so that it doesn't impinge on nerves, for the goal of improving nerve signal transduction. Eg, go to a DC and he may find that a vertebra is impinging on the nerve that controls your liver, he adjusts the vertebra, and now your liver works better because the nerve is sending better signals. They don't handle spinal injuries in any other fashion than this (I once shadowed one who spent a lot of time schooling me on what DCs do and don't do). The science on what they do is iffy. There's research that shows people who visit DCs have better overall health, but there's a lack of physiological research to push the relationship beyond correlative, eg, no good reason to believe it's more than just a great placebo.

    You should start with a GP, and I would specifically look for a DO (which is an alternate degree to an MD). The reason is that the DO curriculum has hundreds of hours devoted to musculoskeletal function than an MD and they're also licensed to practice OMM (osteopathic manipulative medicine). OMM is basically what DCs do, but actually considered effective as medical interventions for the kind of problem you face. Call around and find a DO who practices OMM, because not all do. Just look for doctors with DO after their name instead of MD.

    If there's a specific problem or damage to be fixed, an orthopedist is the doctor you want. Orthopedists are basically musculoskeletal specialists. It doesn't matter too much if you see an MD or a DO for this. Keep in mind though that orthopedists are usually sub-specialized. One may only do knees. One may only do shoulders. Etc. You need someone who does spines. That said, a practice usually makes it clear in their name what kind of work they do (eg: The Spine Group). If the name is not specific (eg: Local Town USA Orthopedists), then it's likely that the practice has a guy who does knees, a guy who does hips, a guy who does spines, etc. What you want to avoid is an orthopedist who does everything. This person won't be as practiced in the particular body part (spine) you need help with.

    If you need surgical intervention, the orthopedic practice will usually do it for you (many orthopedists are practicing surgeons). If the intervention they go for is non-surgical, they'll probably send you for physical or occupational therapy. An occupational therapist is the person who will deal with things like your gait, posture, and various ergonomics and helps you make corrections. A physical therapist is the person who will help you physically rehabilitate yourself from injury or dysfunction. Even if surgery is an eventuality (eg, the orthopedist sees something on imaging that appears surgical), you'll probably go to these people first to see if your problem is fixed to a threshold you find acceptable with less invasive means.

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    I'm going to second the person who suggested the VA, especially if you served 24 or more months. You can get more information at Health Benefits Home . They should get you in to be seen in 14 days. If you live by a VA hospital, they should have a veteran's services office, and if you show up in person, it tends to speed things up. You might qualify for other benefits as well.

    The Phoenix VA has certainly let the system down, but they aren't all run that badly.

    Good luck and thank you for your service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEsahaettr View Post
    Physiatrist? The only thing I can think you may have meant to type is "psychiatrist" but that doesn't make sense.
    They deal with the biophysics issues. The first time I saw one it was for the back problems caused by the extra skin from a massive weight loss. The second time it was for issues in my feet that caused back problems because of my stance and gate.

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