A rheumatologist would be a great place to start! and believe me, they won't talk surgery...i highly doubt that! a rheummy specializes in joints, joint disease and deterioration, OA, RA, vertebre and disc problems too.
There are some facilities called "Spinal Health & Rehabilitation" centers. There are hospitals dedicated specifically to vertebre and spines. Even if you see a spinal surgeon...does not necessarily mean he will push surgery (unless it's a knife happy Dr.!), many times these are the best docs to see because they have seen it all! & can stear you in the right direction. these docs are usually neurosurgeons or spinal surgeons. many cases do not need surgery, but rather physical therapy & some antiinflammatories etc....
Try looking in the yellow pages in the phone book and i'm sure you'll find a slew of physicians that fall under this categorie.
Then again, if you feel good with your regular primary Dr., then stick with him! The doc can also refer you out to a PT, or consult with a rheummy.
But if I were you...I would think about seeing a rheummy to start out with first.
Heck...there are even some excellent chiropracters that are highly knowledgeable in this area too.
The best to you!
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam & too many others.