It's crucial for chiropractors to utilize the suite of tools available to them to provide their patients with the best treatment. Chiropractors are trained in radiology and radiography as part of their education and radiographic imaging (x-ray) is an essential part of diagnosis and treatment of spine and postural issues. X-ray can be used by chiropractors either in a chiropractic office or through referral and helps eliminate guesswork by allowing chiropractors to understand the true alignment of the spine and plan treatment accordingly.
Benefits of x-ray for chiropractors
A range of different pains, functional impairments and muscle weaknesses can be alleviated with chiropractic realignment of the spine. These impairments may be due to stresses and strains on the various components of the spine including bones, muscles, ligaments, and discs.
Contemporary chiropractic approaches to spinal rehabilitation that use x-ray imaging have demonstrated superiority over other treatments. Alternate diagnostic methods are often indirect and don’t reveal the true source of the patient’s pain or discomfort. This could result in misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment and a detrimental outcome for the patient.
Radiography reveals the true condition of the spine and has the ability to show chiropractors exactly what is happening inside the body in terms of skeletal structure and alignment. This remarkable imaging technique provides guidance to the chiropractor for how to manually manipulate the skeletal components. Not only does x-ray provide detailed images of the skeletal system, it can also show the presence of scar tissue or arthritis. Both of these conditions require consideration when developing a treatment plan.
Chiropractic uses of x-ray
Chiropractors can use x-ray for a range of purposes including: