A chiropractor who uses x-rays for treatment purposes does so for a number of reasons. The x-rays help chiropractors to evaluate and monitor the degenerative process of the spine and other parts of the body. The x-rays help patients understand their condition, which in turn allows them to take an active role in their own treatment and recovery. Chiropractors use x-rays to check for dislocations and fractures, as well as the presence of cancer, infections, and tumors in the spinal region.
The use of x-rays for chiropractic care is not necessary for every patient. While x-rays can help chiropractors diagnose certain conditions, they are not always necessary. Other imaging procedures, like MRI’s, are not covered by insurance. Chiropractors use x-rays to rule out other conditions that may be contributing to a patient’s back pain. Furthermore, chiropractors prefer to perform x-rays while the patient is in a weight-bearing position. Most medical facilities require patients to lie down for this procedure.