Here are some questions to ask yourself if you need X-Rays
Did you recently experience a painful injury?
Have you dislocated a joint or broken a bone?
Has your pain failed to respond positively to treatments?
Have you experienced a traumatic injury and are above 50 years old?
If so, x-rays may be necessary in order for your chiropractor to properly diagnose your condition. X-rays produce important information that makes it easier and more effective for chiropractors to treat your condition in an optimal way. In some cases, x-rays are required in order for a chiropractor to properly assess your condition and eliminate the possibility of pathology.
X-rays can also be used to determine the precise location that requires spinal readjustment. It is common for chiropractors to recommend x-rays to their patients if symptoms do not alleviate after a period of several weeks.
X-rays are typically performed on patients who experience long lasting pain in order to determine the cause. X-rays are helpful in cases when pain is caused by an injury, happens to a person over 50 years old or does not get better. They also help chiropractors to determine whether tumors, instability of fractures could be the cause of the condition.
X-rays offer a cost friendly method of evaluating an individual’s spinal structure and condition. They are fairly safe, as long as they are not performed on a frequent basis. X-rays allow chiropractors to analyze the spine’s entirety and discover areas of progressive alterations. This type of information is crucial, and complementary to patient’s history details and medical exam results, because it offers a well-rounded evaluation that helps determine the best treatment.
Sometimes x-rays are used to find out if chiropractic care can help the condition since it reveals if pathological developments are compatible with chiropractic techniques. Chiropractors find an alternative treatment method if a severe pathological development is revealed.
How X-rays Work
X-rays beam radiation through the body. The results of an x-ray are depicted in a picture that can be evaluated by a chiropractor. They reveal diseases and injuries that are present in the spinal discs or joints. Bone spurs, dislocations, fractures, tumors, infections and disc disease can be found through x-rays. They also reveal spinal defects and the curvature of the spine (scoliosis). Typical spinal x-rays include C-spine (cervical vertebrae), LS-spine (lumbosacral), thoracic and Sacrum/coccyx.
When Does a Chiropractor Have To Take An X-ray?
In some cases, chiropractors may take an x-ray before beginning any type of treatment. Chiropractors may need to determine the patient’s bone structure to find out if it is beneficial to make particular adjustments. X-rays can also reveal minor alignment deviations, which allow chiropractors to view the affected location in the ligaments of one’s spinal column.
Pinnacle Chiropractic offers in-house x-rays to make it easier for our patients to receive x-rays and view the results instantaneously. This also permits chiropractors to begin treatment immediately, which will alleviate pain and prevent the condition from getting worse.