One of the most important elements of chiropractic care is diagnostics. Chiropractic radiology is a tool utilized in care as a diagnostic practice to rule out pathology (such as possible tumor or fracture) and to determine how to best help the spine.
Dr. John uses spine adjustments and spine rehabilitation to change the alignment of the spine. An X-ray show exactly what is happening in the body in terms of alignment and structure. X-rays allow us to make very precise measurements, so there is no guess work involved.
It is important to highlight that X-rays are not used universally in chiropractic care. X-rays are used in office that care what they are doing, don’t want to guess, don’t want practice members to simply take their findings at the doctor’s word, and want to produce specific and measurable results. In most patients, the chiropractor is able to determine what is occurring in the musculoskeletal system without the need for imaging technology. X-rays are usually reserved for the more severe cases in which there may be a serious condition present such as scoliosis, osteoporosis, or spinal stenosis.
According the most recent professional guidelines, X-rays are recommended in the following cases:
- when alteration in alignment and/or posture is suspected based on consultation and evaluation
- to check for instability and spinal ligament injury
- in the presence of significant traumatic injury, as a bone may be broken or a joint may be dislocated
- for suspected infection may be causing a practice member’s pain
- if disease is suspected, such as cancer or a possible tumor
- if joint disease is suspected, such as arthritis causing joint pain
- those have been diagnosed with or who may be at risk for osteoporosis
- The X-ray may be important to identify or rule out a possible vertebral fracture from osteoporosis
- the presence long-standing pain that has not responded to or resolved with previous health care treatment
Previous x-ray images, and some MRI images may be evaluated and measured by Dr. John using Posture Ray, his imaging evaluation software.
During your appointment, we will determine whether or not x-rays are necessary, and if current imaging is adequate for your care to be most effective.