In a Chirpractic office X-rays are used to provide detail of the bone structures in the spine, and are used to rule out back pain resulting from:
Instability (such as spondylolisthesis)
They image bones by shooting an x-ray beam through the body. The calcium in bone blocks penetration of the x-ray beam and the image of the bones is picked up as a shadow on a film positioned on the other side of the patient (see Figure 1).
X-rays provide for excellent bony detail because bone consists mainly of calcium. However, discs and nerve roots do not have any calcium, so an x-ray does not capture an image of these structures. An x-ray, therefore, cannot be used to diagnose lumbar disc herniation or other causes of nerve pinching.
X-rays should not be performed in women who may be pregnant.
At Manhattan Wellness Group our doctors and staff work to address a variety of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, and nerve and joint pain. With the combined expertise of our specialists which include medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists, our patients receive cutting edge synergistic treatments.