Radiology is a tool utilized in care as a diagnostic practice to rule out pathology (such as possible tumor or fracture) and/or an additional aid to determine where to adjust the spine. Doctors rely on a variety of diagnostic techniques in order to fully understand what is occurring in the patient’s musculoskeletal system, and how a given treatment intervention could bring about positive results in each patient.
As a general guideline, X-rays are recommended in the following cases:
If the patient has sustained a significant traumatic injury, as a bone may be broken or a joint may be dislocated.
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.
During your appointment, we will determine whether or not x-rays are necessary. To request an appointment today, please don’t hesitate to contact us
at (973) 370-9353!