Also referred to as Radiographs, X-rays can provide doctors of chiropractic with crucial information about a patient’s spine not evident during a physical examination.
Doctors of chiropractic are extensively trained to follow standard criteria when determining if X-rays are necessary.
Common reasons chiropractors recommend X-rays include:
- A recent trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or a history of trauma.
- Chronic pain, which has escaped diagnosis.
- A history of cancer or other disease, which may affect the bones.
- Suspected arthritis or other degenerative disease, common in individuals over 50 years of age.
- Suspected herniation of the spinal discs (intervertebral discs).
- Suspected misalignment of the spine, such as scoliosis.
Even if you had X-rays taken in an emergency room setting you may require new X-rays. As one scientific study disclosed, “Chiropractors are encouraged to perform a comprehensive evaluation of patients presenting with (neck) trauma even if they have had prior X-ray films reported as normal. Standard xray films taken at emergency department facilities are not entirely reliable for detecting or revealing cervical spine fracture-dislocations.” (Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002:25:2639.)
If you do require X-rays, rest assured that this office uses state-of-the-art technology, ensuring safe and accurate radiographs. After the doctor examines your X-rays, you’ll have an opportunity to review them something most patients find fascinating.
Although X-rays are sufficient for investigating most patients conditions, some individuals require additional imaging procedures, such as bone scans, computerised tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).