Diagnostics are very important to quality chiropractic care and x-rays are one of the most commonly used tools. Why? They are non-invasive and really give Dr. Goodman a chance to see what is going on in your body so that an appropriate course of treatment can be determined. Here’s what you need to know about the use of x-rays at Alpharetta Family Chiropractic.
Choosing X-Rays Over Other Methods in Chiropractic Care
When many people think about x-rays, the image of a broken bone or sprain generally comes to mind—not spinal alignment. But many chiropractic clinics around the country use digital x-ray machines on a regular basis to help diagnose and treat patients.
And, when it comes to chiropractic care, seeing all the various elements of the body is not really an issue for doctors who simply want to improve a patient’s neck or back pain. All he or she really has to confirm is the layout of the bones plus any scar tissue in the body to help make a treatment decision. X-rays easily show this without fancy or expensive equipment.
Using X-Rays in Chiropractic Treatment
There are several instances when you might be asked to take an x-ray. The first is on your initial appointment at Alpharetta Family Chiropractic. The reason for this is that the doctor wants to take a baseline look at where you currently are to help compare as treatment progresses.
After treatment, Dr. Goodman might opt to use an x-ray to see where things are in terms of improvement. Often, the results of spinal manipulation and other similar techniques are visible via this type of scan. The doctor then has the ability to make decisions on the need for further treatment.
Not All Chiropractors Use X-Rays
We want to know what is going on with each patient. We take pictures of all patients to see what is going on. We want to see: Bones, where the misalignments are, what the discs are doing, if there is any tissue damage, tissue degeneration, ligament damage which is all unknown until we take x-rays and see what is going on.
In short, x-rays are an important tool for chiropractors to diagnose health conditions and ensure patients are being treated appropriately. While MRIs and CTs are great for pre-surgery use, the non-invasive format of chiropractic care doesn’t require anything more than a simple x-ray for optimum results.
Are you ready to live a life with less pain and inflammation? Please contact Alpharetta Family Chiropractic at (770) 641-0029 today to schedule your chiropractic appointment.