Do You Need Low Back X-Rays?

Home » Back Pain » Do You Need Low Back X-Rays?

Do You Need Low Back X-Rays?

 

Most chiropractic patients with low back pain have x-rays taken of their lumbar spine following a comprehensive examination.  Since x-rays do carry a very small risk of tissue damage, this risk needs to be outweighed by the benefits that could be gained by taking such films.  So, how are x-rays used in a chiropractic office?

First, x-rays can reveal the presence of medical conditions that may require referral to another healthcare provider, such as a spine tumor or an infection.  Fortunately, these diseases are very rare, but they do need to be considered in every patient, especially those who may have certain “red flags” such as back pain at night or rest, or if there is also a fever.  In addition, certain severe traumas (like a fall) can produce fractures.  For older adults with osteoporosis or those taking steroid medications over several years, even a minor trauma event can be enough to cause a break, because the bone is in a weakened condition.

After these very rare conditions are ruled out, x-rays can provide important information about the patient’s anatomy and physical posture.  For example, curvatures of the lumbar spine, such as scoliosis, are virtually undetectable without an x-ray.  (Continued below)

With information on how the spine is deviated, a doctor of chiropractic can direct his or her adjustments more specifically.  Sometimes leg lengths are uneven and a person may require an orthotic (arch support) or heel lift to level the foundation for their spine.  About one in ten patients will have an unequal leg length of a centimeter or more.  (Continued below)

In terms of anatomy, x-rays can show the planes and angles of the disks between the vertebrae and whether any degeneration has occurred.  If the degeneration is advanced, then a natural bone fusion may be present.  It should be obvious that if the spinal anatomy does not allow movement or if the joints are literally fused and movement is impossible, then adjustments are not appropriate.

X-rays can also show a doctor of chiropractic how one area of the spine mechanically compensates for a deviated area below it.  Sometimes, pain may be present at compensatory areas but without knowledge of the cause of this deviation, care may be less optimum.  Just as the lumbar spine may compensate for a pelvic problem, so too can a neck condition be caused by abnormal posture lower down the spine.

In any case, x-rays are important to reach an accurate diagnosis, which is the first step on the road to recovery and regaining your vitality and quality of life.

Share the love on Facebook!  If you think your friends and family could benefit from this article, click the share button at the top of this page.


Related Articles:

Studies Show Best Back Pain Treatment:  For patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP), treatment guidelines recommend a non-surgical approach as the FIRST-LINE treatment.  Ideally, the goal would be to. . .

The Controversial Treatment For Back Pain . . . And How It Works:  Low back pain (LBP) is such a common problem that if you haven’t suffered from it yet, you probably will eventually. Here are a few facts to consider. . .

Top 8 Exercises Proven To Relieve Chronic Low Back Pain:  It has been consistently reported that LBP becomes increasingly difficult to resolve when it persists for three or four months.  This week’s topic is about which exercises have been found to BEST address chronic low back pain (cLBP). . .


xrays chiropractor mechanicsville chiropractic back pain neck pain



Dr. Dana Williamson is a chiropractor who has been helping relieve back pain and neck pain of the residents of Mechanicsville, Richmond, Hanover, Henrico, and Glen Allen since 2001.

To schedule a free, no obligation consultation with
Dr. Williamson in-person or by phone
,
click the button below:

xrays chiropractor mechanicsville chiropractic back pain neck pain


Integrative Regional Medical Center now offers
Regenerative Medical Treatments in our office!
Click the image below to learn more


Integrative Regional Medical Center xrays chiropractor mechanicsville chiropractic back pain neck pain


Exercise is a great place to begin your journey back to health.
Take advantage of our free 7-Day pass to
Anytime Fitness in Mechanicsville.

xrays chiropractor mechanicsville chiropractic back pain neck pain
Fill out the form below and we will e-mail it to you.
We value your privacy and will NEVER share your information.

First Name (required)

Last Name (required)

Email (required)


Comments

  1. Awesome blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  2. Appreciate you sharing, great blog article.Much thanks again. Great.

  3. Looking forward to reading more. Great article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  4. Really appreciate you sharing this post.Thanks Again. Want more.

  5. Thanks so much for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  6. Awesome article post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  7. Great article post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  8. Im obliged for the article post.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  9. I am so grateful for your blog post.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  10. Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  11. Im grateful for the article post.Really thank you! Cool.

  12. Very neat article post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  13. Great, thanks for sharing this article post.Thanks Again. Want more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Disclaimer

This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.
Copyright Walk-In Chiropractic Back Relief 2018 - All rights reserved.