Why do Chiropractors take X-rays?
Your doctor of chiropractic will discuss taking x-rays of your spine before beginning your program if it is deemed neccisary. Different bone structure in patients is important to see before a specific adjustment is made.
In addition to fracture, the x-ray is also used to measure small changes in alignment. The doctor uses the position of bones to determine where the ligaments in your spinal column have been stretched or torn. A three-dimensional picture in the doctor's mind is needed prior to the adjustment. X-rays are a relatively safe and cost effective way to view the structure and general condition of the spine. They can reveal spinal regions under high stress and expose areas of degenerative change.
This can often provide essential additional information which correlates history and examination findings, allowing for a more accurate spinal analysis and a more individualized and effective treatment plan. X-rays are also useful in assessing the appropriateness of chiropractic care as they can help to rule out the existence of more serious pathological processes such as spinal fractures, tumors, and infections, which require immediate emergency medical intervention.
Our office has its own X-ray suite where we can quickly and efficiently take any necessary x-rays that the doctor reccomends without having to refer you out of the office.