Chiropractic treatment involves a lot of force and rapid, controlled movements. That’s how spinal adjustments work, after all. But that’s not all there is to it.
Chiropractors aren’t just going to apply force randomly. They are not going in blind. In order to deliver safe and effective adjustments, they need to know exactly what they are doing. That is why diagnostics is one of the most important elements of chiropractic care.
The reason you are feeling that shoulder pain, or back pain, or neck pain, or headache, is because there’s something in your body that’s out of alignment. At the very least, we can say that something in your body is causing those problems.
What are Chiropractors?
And chiropractors are experts at fixing those musculoskeletal issues, granted that they know the source of these problems. For this, they rely on a variety of diagnostic techniques that allow them to fully grasp what’s going on in your body. They will better understand the patient’s musculoskeletal system by running diagnostics beforehand. Otherwise, they run the risk of failing at their task—or even hurting their patient.
Sometimes the diagnostic part of the treatment is a simple interview. What’s wrong? What are you feeling? What happened that caused the injury? There are a lot of questions they can ask in order to assess the severity of your condition. And every person is different; every condition is unique.
By learning these basic facts, they can provide a type of treatment intervention that could bring positive results in said patient.
But if they really want to know what’s going on inside you, they are going to require an x-ray.
You may be wondering: “why would you rely on the x-ray results, when there are far more sophisticated diagnostic techniques available now?”
Do They Need X-Ray?
The answer is simple: chiropractors don’t need it. Those advanced imaging processes like magnetic resonance imaging or MRI are more detailed, but they are used for people who are going into surgery. Chiropractic treatment does not involve any form of surgery. That’s one of the things people like about it. It’s non-invasive, it’s simple, and it’s easy.
An x-ray is enough to show the chiropractor exactly what is happening in the body in terms of alignment and structure. They need to restore this natural structure and balance in order to help optimize our system’s amazing way of healing itself.
X-rays may also show other important information, such as the presence of scar tissue in a given area. The patient may also have arthritis. Both of these things have to be considered when forming a treatment plan.
So to answer the question “do chiropractors perform x-rays?”—some of them do, while some will simply ask you to bring them your x-ray results.
You should keep in mind that x-rays are not used universally in this field of alternative medicine. Some chiropractors will proceed after an initial assessment without ever relying on x-rays. So it’s up to you to decide whether you are more comfortable with receiving care from a chiropractor who prefers x-rays over one that does not.
It’s also important to note that x-rays are usually reserved for more severe cases, so it might not be necessary all the time. It may be used for patients with scoliosis, osteoporosis, or any other kind of condition.
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