Why X-Ray Imaging is Crucial for Chiropractors

Jul 21, 2021 4:39:23 PM / by Jennifer Hutchison

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:

  • Confirmation of diagnosis
  • Determining appropriate treatment and care plan
  • Identifying factors (such as scar tissue) that may affect the type of treatment prescribed

X-ray allows chiropractors to see what an initial physical assessment may not show them. For example, during a physical assessment a chiropractor may be able to clearly see pelvic tilt in a person’s posture, but they may not be able to see or even feel the shifting sacral spine that accompanies it. Imaging the entire spine may provide evidence of further misalignments climbing up the spine.

Imagine the spine as a puzzle and x-ray as the puzzle box. X-ray allows chiropractors to get an idea of what all of the pieces add up to. Being able to see the full picture and have everything laid out before them allows chiropractors to more clearly see problems and their catalysts. In doing so, chiropractors are able to provide a better level of treatment, make adjustments to patient care plans, and put all the pieces together again.

Using x-ray to Demonstrate patient progress

Not only is x-ray imaging crucial for chiropractors to be able to treat their patients to the best of their ability, it’s also important visual evidence for patients. Patients may seek hard evidence that they’re improving and progress is being made, x-rays provide just that.

X-ray imaging has the ability to show change to the spinal structure and alignment over time. Combined with the benefits patients can feel, x-ray images taken before and after treatment enable patients to see how adjustments with chiropractic therapy are helping their condition.

Along with being fantastic evidence of progress, as x-ray images become part of a patient’s history, they also offer a record of wellness and adjustments made. This historical record can be helpful in the future should any issues arise. For example, images outlining a herniated disc from a few years ago may give insight into how to treat sciatica pain in the present.

In conclusion

X-ray imaging is a crucial tool for chiropractors to utilize in their practice to better understand the issues afflicting their patients so they can treat them to the best of their abilities. If you're looking for advice simply get in touch with us today


Tags: Chiropractic Digital X-ray, Chiropractic tools, Digital X-ray System

Jennifer Hutchison

Written by Jennifer Hutchison

My goal is to provide my customers with the best equipment possible, at the best price possible, in order to see their business grow and thrive. I currently work hand in hand with doctors of Chiropractic all over the nation to put together custom equipment packages that meet their special needs. Each doctor has their own speciality technique, and by working directly with many of the groups such as NUCCA, Gonstead, CBP, Everest, Blair, KCUCS, and many other groups, I have built the knowledge and expertise to create custom x-ray equipment packages for their specific needs. Seeing my customers using the equipment I sold them in order to heal and help people all over the nation is the true happiness I get from my career. - 9 Years experience in medical device and equipment sales -12 Years experience in Medical Imaging Field - Sales expert for x-ray and digital x-ray equipment nationwide - Work with over 25 different manufacturers and vendors - Strong accounting, finance, and account management background - Upper Cervical X-Ray Sales Specialist