Chiropractic Use of X-ray as a Diagnostic Tool

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Chiropractic Use of X-ray as a Diagnostic Tool

X-rays are used to help determine the best course of treatment going forward. They offer a view through the soft tissue and skin so that bone is visible as are organs and ligaments as well as muscle. These images can act as a guide for the doctor to be able to know whether or not adjustments are an appropriate treatment for the patient or if they need to be started on a gentler therapy.

X-rays are used slightly differently by Chiropractors than by most other medical doctors. Many Chiropractors prefer that the patient is standing in a weight-bearing position which differs from many x-ray facilities where they will have you lay down. This is done to look for disk height and signs of degeneration, as well as spacing and alignment. It can help in identifying scoliosis, fractures, dislocations, infections, tumors and even cancer.

Additionally, things like scar tissue and arthritis can be seen on the scans which also need to be considered in the treatment pathway.

By doing the scan standing up it allows the doctor to measure joint spacing and leg or arm length and show possible tears in tendons or problems within joints. With non-weight baring x-rays, these clues can easily be overlooked.

X-Rays taken over the course of a patients life can offer significant insight into how well their bodies are aging as well as how well treatments are working for them. Comparing older X-rays with newer can be incredibly helpful, especially in the event of an illness or an accident. Though some people are concerned about the amount of radiation given off during an Xray, the dose is minimal and the benefits far outweigh the risks.

It is important to make mention that X-rays are not used for every patient during the inception of a course of chiropractic care. For the majority of patients, the chiropractor is able to determine what is occurring in the musculoskeletal system without the need for X-rays. They are generally saved for cases in which there may be a need present, such as scoliosis, osteoporosis, or spinal stenosis.

Chiropractors, like any other medical doctor, use all technology at hand in order to give the patient the very best possible care. Your chiropractor is also able to order CT scans, MRIs, and numerous other tests as warranted. The best way to ensure your health is open honest communication with your chiropractor in regard to your health.

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