How Chiropractors use X-Rays
X-rays are an invaluable tool for chiropractors. Chiropractors are concerned about the alignment of the skeletal system and the problems that misalignment can cause on nerves, organs, and other soft tissues. X-ray gives us the ability to actually see the bones! Now that’s pretty cool.
When I was in one of my radiology classes in chiropractic school my teacher used the acronym “CATBITES” to help remember what we look for on X-rays. Congenital Arthritis Tumor Blood Infection Trauma Endocrine Soft tissues. That is a list of everything that is evaluated on every X-ray that is taken.
But isn’t the radiation from X-rays dangerous? The answer is no. The radiation dose for a plain film radiograph, like the ones chiropractors take, is 100 times below the threshold for harmful effects. Similar to the dose you get from an airplane ride or a day in the sun.
The benefits from taking an X-ray far outweigh the risks. Utilizing X-ray technology allows chiropractors to truly assess the spine, or other area of concern. This cuts down on misdiagnosis and often time reveals information that otherwise would never have been known. Unknown fracture, tumors, calcification, misalignments, congenital malformations are all things commonly seen on X-rays.
Who living in Minnesota hasn’t slipped and fallen on the ice during winter? Or had a hard collision playing sports or rough housing with friends and family. Or maybe you fell off the swings when you were a child, bouncing up with a fracture and never realizing it, then 30 years later you have back pain and an unstable spinal segment.
X-rays are a quick and easy way to assure that your chiropractor can detect these variants. They can be taken in office in about 10 minutes, immediately giving crucial information that can affect your treatment. Sometimes even detecting serious or life saving abnormalities.
We use X-Rays at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis to help diagnose and treat issues. It is just one tool in our arsenal to work to help you to feel better!
If you have any questions about X-rays, please feel free to ask while you’re at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis, or send us a message. We are here to help!