Why an X-Ray? To see is to know! We will likely discuss taking x-rays of your spine before beginning your program. Different bone structure in patients is important to see before a specific adjustment is made. We may then choose different directions for the forces to ensure that the adjustment results in the best correction of the problem. In 5-6% of the population, the spinal structure has a fracture at a portion of bone in the low back. This fracture (called a spondylolysis) usually develops due to a genetic weakness in the area. It can also be caused by trauma, such as in gymnastics or football. The fracture has been identified in a child as young as two years of age. Back pain may or may not be present when this abnormality exists. The separated bone can subluxate forward. This is called a spondylolisthesis.
In addition to fracture, the x-ray is also used to measure small changes in alignment. The doctor uses the position of bones to determine where the ligaments in your spinal column have been stretched or torn. A three-dimensional picture in the doctor's mind is needed prior to the adjustment. The adjustive force is then made in a precise fashion into the directions that reduce tension on the damaged ligaments. Since a high speed thrust into your spinal column is a vigorous procedure, it is important that the doctor use x-ray to more precisely determine how the adjustment is to be made. Also, when the precise correction of the subluxation is made from the start of care, fewer adjustments are usually needed because of their more correct nature.
Make your appointment today by contacting us at 512-868-6400!