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Do I Need An X-ray Before I See A Chiropractor?

In Short No, X-Rays are not necessary to get before seeing a chiropractor. This is because our team of chiropractors perform an assessment which includes a thorough history, orthopaedic testing and mobility stress tests to ensure that there are no significant red flags that may justify the need for an X-Ray.

Indications for an X-ray Include

  • To diagnose recent trauma which may have been a cause of fracture or dislocation at any age and anyone over the age of 50 who has suffered from a minor fall or slip with uncommon pain.
  • Diagnose degeneration/arthritic conditions or structural changes that may be causing pain and restriction.
  • To see changes with spinal deformities over time to ensure they are not getting worse such as scoliosis/kyphosis or other spinal degenerative changes.

X-rays are a great tool to help guide a particular treatment that is needed for the patients success. 8 times out of 10 it is likely that with or without X-rays the chiropractors treatment will not change and this will be based on patients goals and what they have assessed on examination. Our team of chiropractors are able to refer out for any X-rays that are indicated.

Contraindications for an X-ray

  • To identify problems with soft tissues. Unfortunately X-rays can only visualise issues related to bones and joints and not with muscular problems.
  • To find out whether or not areas of no concern have problems.
  • If the patient is pregnant
  • X-ray referrals without any clinical evidence or reasoning

It is common that with most general complaints not to need X-rays. Also with the initial assessment our practitioners find that with most patients they will have certain anomalies where things dont add up before a referral is needed for an X-ray. The reason why chiropractors and other allied health professionals don’t send patients out readily for X-rays is because of the exposure to radiation and it is best to avoid it if possible!

To find out more about other ways of self care or wanting to know more about what our clinic has to offer you can visit us @ https://themelbournechiropractor.com.au/

If you are someone who is suffering from headachesneck pain or low back pain and don’t know where to start, or wondering what to expect on your first chiropractor visitour team of chiropractors or remedial massage therapists are more than happy to help you get back on track. You can always contact us or book online @ https://themelbournechiropractor.com.au/book-now