Based on the nature of your condition as well as a number of other factors, x-rays may be taken of the spine or injured body part. Did you know that some auto injuries can be hidden or initially painless. X-ray’s can be a very useful tool for identifying these types of injuries. Doctors of chiropractic receive over 300 hours of x-ray studies in college prior to graduating and are fully trained to take radiographs and identify subtle abnormalities of the spine as well as more serious pathologies.
When injuries to the spine are ignored or not properly treated, the spine tends to degenerate. The degeneration process can be elusive, showing only minor symptoms and if left uncorrected the problem can become permanent. As the compromised spinal joints permanently fuse, the areas around the fusion also tend degenerate at a more rapid pace.
X-rays are a relatively safe and cost effective way to view the structure and general condition of the spine by revealing spinal regions under high stress and expose areas of degenerative change. This provides essential information correlating history and examination findings allowing for a more accurate spinal analysis for an individualized and effective treatment plan.