How Our Chiropractors Use X-Rays for Diagnosis and Treatment

Forgey Chiropractic’s diagnostic X-rays allow our chiropractors to accurately diagnose injuries, from simple fractures to spinal misalignments and more complex conditions. This information is necessary for prescribing targeted treatments and effective therapies that can help you heal.

What is an X-ray?

Most of us at some point will have an X-ray. This quick, painless test generates images of the bones and some other structures inside our bodies.

As X-ray beams pass through the body, they are absorbed by the density of the material through which they pass. White indicates dense material, like metal or bone. Black indicates air, like in your lungs, and in between is the grey area of fat and muscle.

What can chiropractors learn from X-ray images?

We use X-ray technology to more closely examine many parts of the body. Most commonly, we rely on X-rays to show spinal misalignments, but we can also use them to reveal fractures in the bones and signs of arthritis or disc degeneration. They can also be a helpful tool for showing us if any conditions are advancing over time.

What are the risks of getting an X-ray?

While radiation exposure from X-rays is real, the overall exposure is very low and far outweighed by the benefit of the images produced. However, if you are pregnant or think you may be, please tell our staff before undergoing an X-ray. We may determine that another imaging test is more appropriate for your needs.

How can I prepare for an X-ray?

In general, we will ask you to undress the body part that will be examined. If needed, we will provide a gown during the exam. We’ll also ask you to remove any metal objects that may show on the X-ray image, like eyeglasses or jewelry.

Depending on the specific type of test you are undergoing, we may give you a liquid called contrast medium. This can be received as either an injection or by swallowing, and it helps us better see a particular area of your body in the X-ray images.

During the X-ray, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort or pain. Our technologist will best position your body to get the views we need, and we may use pillows or other objects to help you hold the proper position. We’ll ask you to remain very still during the X-ray so that the image is not blurred.

After just a few minutes, you’ll be done! You may resume normal activities immediately following your X-ray, and we will have the results within minutes. We will talk about the results together and go over the recommended treatment plan in detail.

X-rays are an extremely useful tool for diagnosing and treating injuries and conditions affecting the back, joints and more. Our chiropractic specialists may also use them to assess the progress of your treatment. They provide critical information that may help us make treatment decisions that can improve the functionality of your spine, your range of motion and more. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your appointment with Forgey Chiropractic!


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