The goal of your first chiropractic exam is to determine the right treatment approach to relieving your pain and restoring your mobility. And yes, your chiropractor may take x-rays during the initial consultation.
X-rays can be an effective diagnostic tool, as advanced digital imaging reveals structural abnormalities that can affect your chiropractic treatment plan.
However, x-rays are not always necessary. Here’s a look at what to expect when you come in for your first chiropractic exam.
Before you meet with your chiropractor, you’ll be asked to fill out forms that provide details about your current symptoms and your health history. You’ll go over the information together during your initial chiropractic consultation, as the type of pain you’re experiencing and your medical background may indicate whether x-rays are needed.
During your initial chiropractic exam, you will undergo general tests much like those at any other doctor’s office. Blood pressure, pulse, respiration and reflex testing are typical, and your chiropractor will also perform orthopedic and neurological tests. The purpose is to understand your strength and range of motion and to determine if your nervous system is a contributing factor to your condition.
Reasons for X-Rays
A thorough medical history and physical exam can often provide enough information to determine an effective chiropractic treatment approach.
That said, your chiropractor may recommend advanced digital imaging if they have a good reason to believe the diagnostic technique will reveal critical information that affects your treatment. As a general rule, you may need x-rays at your first chiropractic exam if:
- You have experienced a significant traumatic injury, such as a broken bone or dislocated joint
- Your chiropractor suspects disease, infection or spinal instability is causing your pain
- You are suffering from chronic pain that has not responded to other forms of treatment
- You have or are at risk for osteoporosis and your chiropractor wants to rule out compression fracture as the source of your pain
In addition, your chiropractor may recommend advanced digital imaging if you are over age 65 due to your increased risk of spinal fracture. The same is true if you are over age 50 and have experienced any type of trauma, even one you might consider minor.
Schedule a Consultation with Foundation Chiropractic
At Foundation Chiropractic, we take an individualized approach to diagnosis and treatment. X-rays may be a part of your first chiropractic exam, but we do not take them as a standard procedure.
If you’re looking for an experienced chiropractor in Orem, Utah or the surrounding region, turn to Foundation Chiropractic. Contact our office to schedule your first chiropractic exam today.