We use x-rays as a vital component of our initial consultation. X-rays give us invaluable information regarding the exact form and function of your spine. Since I don’t have x-ray vision, the only way to get the information we need is to look at your x-rays.
There are several reasons why we always look at your x-rays first:
*Evaluating your spine
Your x-rays tell us exactly what areas of your spine we want to be working on and maybe what areas we don’t want to be working on. There are times, although rare, when certain problems of the spinal cord deter us from wanting to adjust, some as serious as a tumor may have developed. It is crucial to identify any situation like this to avoid any possible complications.
We use x-rays to measure your progress. We need a definitive baseline in order to measure progress from pretreatment to posttreatment. I don’t want to just take your word on your improvement nor do I want you to just take my word. I want us both to see on your x-rays where you measurably improved and where improvement is still needed.
*Determining which joints are moving or not moving
We use motion study x-rays to show us exactly what joints in your spine and neck are moving or not moving. It’s in our analysis of motion study x-rays that we are able to determine this information and then put a specific treatment plan together in order for you to get better results faster.
Bottom line regarding the use of x-rays in our office is that if we don’t see what your spine looks like first then we ultimately are only guessing at the problem. I don’t want anyone to guess at what my spine is doing and I never want to guess at what yours is doing. For a full evaluation regarding the health of your spine, give us a call today 732-683-0200.
The spine is made up of 24 individual bones. More specifically it’s made up of 53 individual joints. Your spine is meant to move. Each bone is meant to move relative to the bone below it. This is critical to your overall health because the job of these bones and their ability to move serves to protect the ever so sensitive tissue underneath, your spinal cord. The spinal cord, along with the brain, is the most sensitive tissue in your body and its job is to be the highway of information between your brain and body. So as the bones of your spine move, so does your spinal cord.
How many times did you fall off your bike as a kid? Remember that car accident you had when you were 17? How about the fall on the ice you had last winter? These are all traumas and over time they will cause restriction within the bones of your spine. Let’s paint a scenario. You have seven bones in your neck. The middle two bones are not moving yet the bones above and below are- which we confirm with our motion study x-rays. Where do you think all the stress is being placed? Obviously on the area of the spine that is not moving. It’s the proverbial kink in the hose. The slightest change in stress or pressure to the most sensitive tissue in the body will significantly alter the communication between brain and body. This leads to health problems from headaches to arthritis, you name it.
It’s imperative to get these bones to move. Even if you massage the muscles around your spine, get your trainer to stretch you, get acupuncture, do yoga, CrossFit or workout…at the end of the day these bones will not be moving (confirmed by our motion study x-ray analysis. Only the chiropractic adjustment can get in and create motion within these bones. The chiropractic adjustment will break up this restriction, the adhesions which lock up these bones preventing normal function. As normal function is restored to these bones, normal communication between brain and body will be restored, allowing your body to function at its optimal level.
Get checked to find out how your spine is functioning!