Our Atlanta Chiropractors may recommend X-ray treatment as a standard practice, either as a proactive step to rule out pathology (such as a possible fracture or tumor) or to help in determining where to adjust the spine.
With that said, it may be reasonable to consider an X-ray if after several weeks there is an absence of symptom improvement.
Depending on the nature of your condition, as well as a number of other components, X-ray studies of your spine or injured body part may be needed.
Chiropractors receive over 300 hours of X-ray studies in college before graduating and in this manner are fully trained to take radiographs and identify subtle anomalies of the spine as well as more significant pathologies.
X-rays are a fairly safe and cost effective way to view the structure and overall condition of the spine.
They can identify spinal regions under high stress and expose areas undergoing degenerative change. This can often provide vital information which correlates examination findings with history, allowing for a more precise spinal analysis and a more tailored and effective treatment plan.
X-rays are also advantageous when assessing the propriety of chiropractic care, as they can help to rule out more serious injuries such as spinal fractures, tumors, and infections, which require emergency medical intervention.
While extended exposure to radiation can potentially be harmful to the body, diagnostic X-rays taken by the chiropractic doctor pose a minimal threat to one’s health.
In fact, according to radiation guidelines for diagnostic X-ray studies, it would take an excess of 300 full spine X-rays for these guidelines to apply to an individual.
In addition, the following steps are in place to further minimize the amount of X-ray exposure:
X-rays are generally recommended in the following cases:
As a general guideline, an X-ray is called for if it is likely to have an impact on the type of treatment recommended for the patient.
In any of the cases referenced above, an X-ray would likely provide important information that will direct referral options and/or treatment protocols for the patient.
Some questions that may be asked of the chiropractor include:
It is common for an X-ray to identify problems with the spine, though the patient is experiencing no symptoms.
If the patient doesn’t have pain and the practitioner recommends continued chiropractic treatments based on the X-ray, it is recommended to get a second opinion from another chiropractor or medical professional.
This same general rule holds for MRI scans or any other type of testing.
Avoid a chiropractor who compares a patient’s X-ray to a “textbook” spine as validation for extensive treatment, with assurances that the patient’s spine can be changed. The goal isn’t to have an anatomically perfect spine, but to optimize the overall health of each individual’s unique spinal composition.
If a Chiropractor is offering a high-tech test, patients should consider researching the efficacy of the test before agreeing to it. Certain types of tests (surface EMG scan, for example) may seem impressive but actually, have little or no scientific data backing their use and don’t really help in making treatment decisions.
Our Atlanta Chiropractic clinic can provide X-ray treatment if you have suffered from some type of ailment or condition for an excessive amount of time and have not yet found the root source of your pain.
We offer state-of-the-art technology that can pinpoint the specific location of your injury, allowing your Chiropractor to recommend the most appropriate treatment solution that offers immediate relief and prevents further damage from taking place.
Our Atlanta Chiropractic Clinic welcomes walk-in visits, although you can schedule a FREE consultation by filling out our online submission form or by calling us at (404) 889-8828.