After a detailed consultation about your medical history and symptoms along with a physical exam, Dr. Darding may decide to take an X-ray of your spine in our office. An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. An X-ray is not always necessary to make a pain diagnosis, but it can provide a detailed image of what may be the cause of your symptoms and give Dr. D a clear picture of the direction and magnitude that the vertebrae are misaligned. Dr. Darding is very knowledgeable in the area of X-rays, and will take onsite X-ray images if she feels it will aid in your recovery. She will discuss results with you in the same visit.
Some of the conditions that X-rays can find include:
- Decrease in the height of disc space
- Vertebral subluxations
- Bone spurs
- Instability during flexion or extension of limbs
Results from an X-ray can also provide guidance to chiropractors in cases where patients will not benefit or can be further harmed by standard spinal manipulation. For instance, patients who have degenerative joint disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, or any tumors will need a specialized care plan or a referral to a physician.
What do X-rays show?
X-rays show bones and joints. They do not show muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, joint cartilage, discs or connective tissues, so if Dr. D suspects a problem in these areas, she may recommend further imaging such as an MRI or CT scan and refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Do kids need X-rays?
Because of the exposure to radiation, Dr. Darding is very selective when it comes to taking X-rays in children. If she suspects a bone break, she may take an X-ray and refer your child to an orthopedic doctor if a bone is broken.