At Northern Nevada Chiropractic, a clear diagnosis is of utmost importance before starting a treatment plan. One tool we use in-office to reach a diagnostic conclusion is our hospital-quality Digital X-ray.
X-Rays: The Key to a Clear Diagnosis
When taking x-rays, we will review the images with the patients, and also refer to a offsite radiologists to get over-reads.
X-rays are recommended in the following cases:
- If the patient has sustained a significant traumatic injury, to check for broken bones or joint dislocations
- If an infection may be causing the patient’s pain
- If any significant disease is suspected, such as cancer or a possible tumor
- If any type of joint disease is suspected, such as arthritis causing joint pain
- If the patient is over age 50 and has experienced any type of trauma (even a minor one)
- For most patients over 65 years of age
- Anyone who has been diagnosed with or who may be at risk for osteoporosis. The X-ray may be important to identify or rule out a possible vertebral fracture from osteoporosis.
- Any suspected spinal instability
- If the patient has had long-standing pain that has not responded to or resolved with previous health care treatment
As a general guideline, an X-ray is indicated if it is likely to inform the type of treatment recommended for the patient. In any of the above cases, an X-ray would likely provide critical information that will direct treatment protocols and/or referral options for the patient.