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In a Chiropractic office, we use x-rays differently. The first thing we must decide is there anything in the examination we did not expect based on the patient history that needs more elucidation. You see, x-rays serve two functions. The first is like any health care provider.  Is there anything we need to know that is safety issue for the patient? Is there anything hiding like arthritis cancer, blocked arteries anything at all that requires immediate attention?  First, we ask is there any pathology?


The second thing we look for with x-rays is this spine working as nature intended. If not, can this spine be corrected? We look for curves and alignment issues, Weakness in holding elements. Wearing away of cartilage, Accumulation of trauma. If the spine is not normal is it compensating correctly or is it out of balance. 


We want to know based on what we see can we help and how long we can expect it to take to help. We don’t automatically refer everyone for x-rays but when we do we do it knowing that it is the best interest of the patient. We do not take x-rays in the office. We are not reimbursed for the x-rays or our reading of the x-rays. We do it because we know when we need the x-rays, they give us valuable information. 

Good Chiropractic X-Rays are to the Chiropractor

as the blueprint is to the Contractor.


This is the Spinal Decay Chart 

It shows the Subluxation Decay process

when  Subluxations are not corrected.