Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
At Romford & Ilford Family Chiropractic we do not guess about your health. Spinal x-rays may identify important findings such as spinal arthritis or other spinal disorders, which many people may not even be aware is developing. X-rays therefore act as a blueprint of your spine and will reveal any abnormal spinal alignment. X-rays allow us to see how an individual spine deviates from normal alignment so that we can decide on appropriate treatment. Without an x-ray we would only be guessing at what treatment you require. Please note however, that taking your x-ray may not be deemed necessary for the treatment you require.
The benifits of Digital x-ray
- We have state of the art x-ray imaging that can be proccessed imediatley.
- Our digital x-ray machine has a lower exposure tha normal x-ray systems.
- Your results can be reported and explained to you within 48hrs
- Allow our chiropractors indenty the underlying problem and correct the cuase immediatley.
GREEN LINE SHOW IDEAL POSTURE
RED LINE SHOWS ACTUAL POSTURE
LUMBAR SIDE VIEW LUMBAR FRONT VIEW
Explaining spinal decay
This process in the spine has similarities to tooth decay in that it shows up usually because of neglect. Also, just like tooth decay, it can happen to anyone regardless of their age. Just because it is often seen in older people many believe it’s merely the normal ageing process. It isn’t. This progressively worsening, degenerative condition is the result of uncorrected spinal misalignment. Spinal decay is how your body deals with the stress of gravity. It just so happens that spinal decay occurs in most people because they have ignored spinal problems for years.
If your spine is not looked after and checked regularly by a chiropractor, neck degeneration can occur (please see below).
While spinal decay can occur anywhere in the spine, it’s easiest to see in the neck. This is what the side view of the neck should look like. From the side, the neck should have a graceful forward curve with the edges of each bone being well defined. There should be equal disc space between each bone and the openings for nerve roots should be clear and unobstructed.
In phase one of spinal decay there is a loss of neck curve and a reduced ability to turn and bend. In some cases the disc space between adjacent vertebrae may be reduced, or discs may become wedge-shaped, risking serious soft tissue damage. Depending upon your body’s ability to adapt to such change, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present. Even the resulting reduced range of motion may be too subtle for some to notice.
If further neglected in phase two of spinal decay, joint surfaces lose their clearly defined edges and the early signs of bone spurs become visible on x-rays. These bone spurs cause inflammation and some believe this is a sign of a broken bone. This is not the case. The body is just beginning its process of depositing calcium salts and as the neck isn’t in a cast, movement isn’t prevented meaning bone fusion can’t take place.
If still left uncorrected, the problem gets worse in phase three of spinal decay. Amazingly, pain or other obvious symptoms still may not yet appear, but eventually the body successfully mends the so-called ‘broken bone.’ This process can take years and calls into question the claim that many patients make that they were ‘fine until I bent over to tie my shoelaces last week.’ That’s not what the x-rays tell us!
Why do we use Nolan x-ray filters?
Using known dose reduction qualities of aluminum and other metals, Dr. Nolan has been able to manufacture shaped filters to shield specific, less dense body areas which would otherwise be at risk during spinal x-ray exposure. By using this system, the radiographer eliminates guess work in exposure factors, avoids unnecessary retakes for quality films, and knows that the patient is receiving the lowest possible dose concomitant with adequately diagnostic x-rays. Please note that the radiation you are exposed to with these Nolan x-ray filters is almost half of what you are exposed to in most hospitals, and is equivalent to being exposed to the surrounding radiation on a day out in London. For further
effects of x-ray exposure, please contact the American Radiologist Association – the largest group of radiographers in the world.