Why We Take X-rays

     At Solutions, we are a joint pain clinic, so x-rays are an important tool we use to diagnose and help our patients. X-rays give us valuable information about the health of your joints and overall structure. While MRI’s are great for looking at details within the soft tissues and inside the joint, x-rays are more cost effective, easier to perform and give the best information about joint space in weight bearing positions. When evaluating a patient’s need for regenerative medicine, numerous functional tests are performed to determine the most accurate diagnosis, however x-ray is often the final word. X-rays are also extremely helpful for monitoring a patient’s progress in a regenerative therapy program. At Solutions, we often recommend post x-ray studies at both 30 and 90 days after an allograft treatment to evaluate changes. This is extremely important for not only confirming efficacy but also provides valuable information for the therapist so they can make necessary changes to the program.

     In chiropractic, x-rays are essential. Chiropractors correct disc problems in the spine that cause pinched nerves in the back and neck. To properly do this, weight bearing x-rays are required to evaluate the shape and alignment of the vertebrae and discs. The most accurate chiropractic adjustments are performed after first studying a patient’s x-ray. The best chiropractors are able to analyze information from x-rays (combined with postural studies and orthopedic tests) to help patients get out of pain the fastest but also make a significant impact on their overall structure. At Solutions, we also recommend post x-rays for our chiropractic patients to monitor improvements in alignment and monitor structural/postural changes.

     At Solutions, our approach is wholistic; we study the patient’s entire structure for the most complete evaluation possible. X-rays are an important part of our evaluation so we can see exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it. For our regenerative medicine patients, x-rays determine the need and give us a map for the most effective location. For our back and neck pain patients, spinal x-rays are mandatory for proper chiropractic alignment.

Author
Dr. Dan Levesque, DC Dr. Levesque has practiced chiropractic in Abingdon, VA for the last 25 years. After experiencing amazing success with regenerative medicine himself, he came to work for Solutions Integrated Medicine. He is highly committed to further studying this science for the purpose of helping more patients feel better, become healthier and avoid surgery.

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